Millennium Films' Red Sonja reboot has a new candidate for director in actor Amber Tamblyn, who has thrown her name in the ring.
Tamblyn is best known for her television work. She appeared as the lead on Joan of Arcadia and, more recently, in recurring roles on Two and a Half Men and House. Her more notable film roles include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and 127 Hours.
Though none of these roles foreshadow a directorial gig on Red Sonja, she has plenty of passion for the project. She tweeted out an almost 30-year-old picture of herself dressed as title character. What's more, Tamblyn has been behind the camera before, making her directorial debut with the 2016 drama Paint It Black.
And just so you know how serious I am, once again, here is a photo of me dressed up for halloween as Red Sonja when I was seven. I was obsessed back then and still remain obsessed now. pic.twitter.com/zWeqOuUGgh— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) March 14, 2019
Red Sonja was created for Marvel Comics in 1973 by Conan the Barbarian writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith. She is an amalgam of two classic characters created by Conan creator Robert E. Howard: Red Sonya of Rogatino and Dark Agnes de Chastillon. She has lived in print for nearly 50 years, moving over to Dynamite Comics in 2005. The character got her own movie back in 1985 starring Brigitte Nielsen in the title role. There was an attempt to bring her back to the screen by Robert Rodriguez, who intended for then-girlfriend Rose McGowan to play the part, but it never materialized.
The push behind this current project seems tied to the resurgence of the "Swords and Sorcery" genre, which has gained plenty of fans over the last decade with the success of Game of Thrones, among other franchises. Given the void Game of Thrones will leave once it finishes its eighth and final season, it wasn't surprising when news of a new Red Sonja movie broke, with screenwriter Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) attached to write the script, near the end of 2017.
At the time of writing, the Red Sonja reboot film appears to be on hold. Amid sexual abuse allegations, director Bryan Singer has reportedly been dropped from the project, leaving it without a director for the time being. The film does not yet have a release date.