It feels like only yesterday that Brigitte Nielsen – one-time wife of Sly Stallone and object of lust for all 1980s teenage boys – donned skimpy battle garb and took up a sword, intent on avenging her slain family. The year was 1985 and the movie was Red Sonja, an early cinematic outing for future governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. The best thing the film had going for it other than Ahnuld was a solid foundation for the character which had begun life as a Marvel comic-book created by industry legends Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith as a sort of undercard for the more popular Conan the Barbarian. That and a memorable score by composer Ennio Morricone were probably all that prevented the flick from kicking back in a straight-to-home-video release mode. Over the years, the film has garnered a small but loyal audience and to be for sure, it’s not without charm. But if pressed as to which previously released movies out there in the wild were ripe for remake territory, Red Sonja would have not even made my list.
Luckily for all of you sword and sorcery fans out there, I don’t call the shots in Hollywood which is my lead-up to saying: “Hey gang, guess what The Hollywood Reporter announced today?” Yep, you guessed it Dear and Constant Readers, Red Sonja is headed back to the big screen and we’ve got all of the nitty gritty details within the body of this article. Read on…
Talented actress Hannah John-Kamen of Brave New World fame has been tasked with picking up the Red Sonja reins in the upcoming Millennium feature film. For those with memories that extend past the latest i-Pad release, embattled director Bryan Singer was originally attached to helm at least some version of the popular character before stepping away.
“Hannah is a very talented actress who we’ve been following for years and she IS Red Sonja,” exclaimed director and co-writer Joey Soloway of the new flick. “Her range, sensibilities and strength are all qualities we have been looking for and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey together.”
Producing this magnum opus are the usual suspects: Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon alongside Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman of production shingle Campbell Grobman Films. In a Hollywood rendition of the 1950s fad of stuffing as many folks into a cramped telephone booth as is possible, other producers have been announced, too: Andrea Sperling, Yariv Lerner, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Les Weldon, Joe Gatta and Tanner Mobley will all be sporting tee-shirts that proudly proclaim “I Got to Produce a Red Sonja Movie and All I Got Was This Stupid Tee-Shirt.”
Keep those sword and sorcery peepers peeled to Vents for any and all updates on the latest iteration of Red Sonja!