Graphic artist The Imaginative Hobbyist recently posted a mock up for a Red Sonja film featuring Karen Gillan as the titular character.
Take a look.
A Red Sonja film was reportedly in the works back in September 2018 from director Bryan Singer and Millennium Films.
However, the film would be put on hold in February following new sexual misconduct allegations against Singer.
In fact, there were rumors that Singer was blackballed from Hollywood. Page Six’s Richard Johnson detailed that Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films was the only studio willing to work with Singer after the new allegations.
Lerner did defend Singer:
“The over $800 million ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen. 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 guilty.”
He would go on to clarify the statement:
“I don’t want to apologize. I just want to clarify [the statement]. I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously. I just don’t agree to judge by the Twitter. I want [the accused] to be judged by the court.”
A Red Sonja film has been in development for over a decade. Before the news about Singer’s Red Sonja, Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan announced a Red Sonja project in 2008. However, the two would subsequently have a falling out and the project went cold.
A Red Sonja was directed by Richard Fleischer in 1985. The film starred Brigitte Nielsen as Red Sonja and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Kalidor.
The film saw Sonja seek revenge against the villainous Queen Gedren, who had Sonja’s parents murdered and Sonja raped after Sonja rejected her sexual advances.
The character was originally created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith and debuted in Marvel Comics back in 1973. The character was based off of Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya from his short story “The Shadow of the Vulture.” Her character was also influenced by Howard’s Dark Agnes de Chastilon.
The character operates within Howard’s Hyborian Age alongside Conan the Barbarian. In her original comic book origin, Red Sonja is a rape victim who is granted powerful abilities by the red goddess Scáthach. Red Sonja is able to maintain her powers if she ensures that she never lies with a man unless he has defeated her in fair combat.
What do you make of Karen Gillan as Red Sonja? Would you like to see her to take on the role in a potential Red Sonja film?