RED SONJA Moves Forward With TRANSPARENT Creator Jill Soloway Replacing Bryan Singer as Director
It looks like Millennium Films’ feature film adaptation of Red Sonja is back on track. The production company has hired the creator of Amazon’sTransparent, Jill Soloway, to write and direct the film. She will replace Bryan Singer who was fired after several serious sexual misconduct allegations were made against him.
I never thought that Singer was the right filmmaking to take on Red Sonja, but I have no idea if Soloway is the right person to take it on either. I’m not really familiar with any of her recent work, but I liked what she did on Six Feet Under. So, I guess we’ll have to wait and see how she handles the character and story.
When talking about Soloway being hired, THR says, “Hiring Soloway is in some ways a coup for the project, whose character sometimes found herself in the trappings of adolescent fantasy clichés and trapped in the male gaze. Soloway is known for elevating a strong female perspective and for themes of gender and inclusivity.”
The project has had a long road of development and has passed through the hands of several people over the years. Robert Rodriguez was attached to develop a movie based on the badass female warrior at one point with Rose McGowan, then Simon West was going to take it on with Amber Heard in the lead role. Later on, Christopher Cosmos (Game of Thrones) was hired to write a new script. Then Singer came on board and was let go.
Red Sonja made her comic debut in Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian #23 back in 1975 from writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith. She was loosely based on Red Sonya of Rogatino in Robert E. Howard's 1934 short story "The Shadow of the Vulture."
This will be the second time Red Sonja has been adapted for film. In 1985 Red Sonja film starred Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s safe to say that this upcoming film is going to be very different.
What do you all think about Jill Soloway directing Red Sonja?