Millennium Films' Red Sonja movie has found a new writer-director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Transparent creator Jill Soloway has replaced Bryan Singer, who was formerly attached to the project. Amid sexual abuse allegations, Singer was dropped from the project, leaving it without a director for months.
Following the new allegations against Singer, Millennium CEO Avi Lerner initially stepped in to defend him. "I continue to be in development for Red Sonja and Bryan Singer continues to be attached," Lerner said in a controversial statement. "I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise." He later apologized for his comments and put the film on hold.
Per the report, Soloway "is known for elevating a strong female perspective and for themes of gender and inclusivity." For her work on Transparent, she won two directing Emmys. Her past credits include Six Feet Under, United States of Tara and Afternoon Delight.
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.
Written and directed by Jill Soloway, Red Sonja does not yet have a release date.