Bryan Singer, who was fired as director from Bohemian Rhapsody, is now in talks with Millennium Films to directed the new Red Sonja movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The X-Men director would adapt the Conan the Barbarian comic book spinoff for the big screen. Ashley Miller, who wrote X-Men: First Class (which Singer produced), is writing the screenplay.
Millennium is financing and producing the new Red Sonja movie. Millennium’s Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta are producing alongside Cinelou’s Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. The Red Sonja comics were created by Robert E. Howard, writer Roy Thomas, and artist Barry Windsor Smith for Marvel Comics in 1973.
Ashley Miller previously talked about adapting the comics: “It’s an exciting opportunity to faithfully adapt the amazing Hyborean world Robert E. Howard created, and inject it with Sonja’s intelligence, ferocity, and fearless humanity. I want people to love Sonja the way I love her, and walk out of the theater understanding why she’s so popular and enduring. Sonja is an icon.”
Millennium has been trying to get a movie made for 10 years. Back in 2008, when Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan were attached, they described the projects as follows:
“In her return we find Red Sonja, a young girl risen from the ashes of tragedy to become the most feared woman warrior of all time. The mythical red-head blindly seeks vengeance on those who destroyed her family. In her path of destruction she discovers a larger purpose for her unearthly powers: to save all Hyrkania from the villainous Kulan Gath.”
Red Sonja was previously turned into a 1985 movie starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger.