Red Sonja Is Getting a New Movie

Image: MGM
Image: MGM

Red Sonja, the swashbuckling comic book heroine created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith, is returning to the world of film.

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As reported by Deadline, the new Red Sonja film will be financed by Millennium Media and produced by Avi Lerner (The Expendables, Olympus Has Fallen) and Joe Gatta (2011's Conan the Barbarian) with support from Mark Canton (300) and Courtney Solomon (Cake) of Cinelou production company.

“We have been waiting for the right time for this remake,” Lerner told Deadline,” and with the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.”

First introduced in Conan the Barbarian #23 for Marvel Comics, Red Sonja, based on a creation by author Robert E Howard, is a sword-wielding warrioress who has headlined several comics runs, the highlight of which is a reboot run in 2013 by Gail Simone, and one feature film (a 1985 joint starring Brigitte Nielson as Sonja and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Conan stand-in called High Lord Kalidor).

The last we heard from Red Sonja were rumors that Bryan Singer was producing a TV version of the heroine. The Deadline news offers no information on that, or much about the movie, except that it’s in the works. But if the Millenium and Cinelou are still looking for talent, there’s at least one interested taker:

[Deadline]

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DISCUSSION

Dr Emilio Lizardo

...with the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.

Good to see that Hollywood is as lazy as ever. We do not “want” any one thing. You can not look at an entire two hour movie and decide that we only liked it because of one small part. What we want is good movies, well written movies, well directed movies, and well acted movies. We really don’t care if they are grimdark, colorful and lighthearted, superheroes, space opera, heist movies, action movies, or historical fiction. They can be led by men, women, or people of any color or sexual orientation. Although it probably would not be a bad idea to have less than 90% of them led by heterosexual white males

I get it. Making good entertainment is really hard. It takes lots of people and can be very hit or miss. But you will never get there by being lazy and formulaic.

We. Just. Want. Good. Movies.