- Bryan Singer will direct a “Red Sonja” movie for Millennium Films, based on a comic-book character who survives a sexual assault.
- Singer is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct this week in a report from The Atlantic published on Wednesday.
- Singer denied the allegations in a statement on Wednesday, and called the report a “homophobic smear piece.”
- On Thursday, Millennium confirmed to THR that Singer was still attached.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer faced new allegations of sexual assault, including sex with underage boys, in a report published by The Atlantic on Wednesday. But Singer already knows what his next project will be – and he’s keeping it.
On Thursday, Millennium Films confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Singer is still attached to its “Red Sonja” movie, based on a character originally created for Marvel Comics in the early 1970s by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith.
“I continue to be in development for Red Sonja and Bryan Singer continues to be attached,” Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner told THR in a statement. “The over $US800 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 otherwise.”
Singer will make up to $US10 million for directing the movie, according to THR.
Red Sonja’s Marvel Comics interpretation was loosely based on “Conan the Barbarian” creator Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya character. Her origin has been retold throughout her comic-book history, but when she first debuted, her family was killed and she was raped by a gang of mercenaries. She is then given enhanced combat skills by a goddess to carry out her revenge.
Red Sonja comic books are now published by Dynamite Entertainment, and a new series is set to debut in February. A movie based on the character was released in 1985 starring Brigitte Nielsen as Sonja and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan.
The Atlantic piece published Wednesday alleged years of sexual abuse by Singer, specifically in the late 1990s, including accusations that he molested a 13-year-old boy on the set of one of his earliest films, “Apt Pupil,” and that Singer had sex with a 15-year-old boy when he was in his early 30s.
Singer released a statement on Wednesday calling the report a “homophobic smear piece” and denied the allegations.
There had been accusations of sexual misconduct against Singer prior to The Atlantic piece this week, and he is currently facing a lawsuit that alleges he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old during a yacht party in 2003.
Singer was also fired by Fox late into production on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was nominated for the best picture Oscar this week, for repeatedly being absent from the set. He still remains the credited director on the movie.
But Millennium was still willing to take a chance on Singer because none of the previous allegations against him seemed to have “merit,” an anonymous source told The Hollywood Reporter in September.
Singer appeared at American Film Market in November and pitched his idea for the “Red Sonja” movie to 200 international buyers. The movie has a budget between $US70 million and $US80 million, and it could start shooting this spring, according to THR.
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