‘Red Sonja’ reboot slows down amid Bryan Singer scandal
Another production might be distancing itself from embattled filmmaker Bryan Singer.
According to Deadline, Millennium Films’ comic-book movie “Red Sonja,” which tapped Singer as the director, has reportedly been put on the back burner and is not for sale on the European Film Market, the film-trade fair held during the Berlin International Film Festival.
The female-fronted, big-budget reboot was slated to be sold at the American Film Market last year, but is “not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale at the EFM [European Film Market] in Berlin,” the studio said.
Though the cast has not been set, the film was expected to shoot in Bulgaria this year.
Reps for Millennium Films and Singer did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment on Monday.
The film was the controversial director’s next big project after his high-profile ouster from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The pause comes amid a flurry of misconduct allegations lobbed at the filmmaker and as more organizations refuse to recognize his work on the Freddie Mercury biopic.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was removed from the GLAAD Media Awards’ original film nominees after a bombshell article was published in the Atlantic last month. Last week, BAFTA dropped Singer from the “Bohemian Rhapsody” nomination for outstanding British film ahead of the awards ceremony on Sunday. The movie went on to win two awards, including best actor for star Rami Malek, who reportedly clashed with the filmmaker. Queen rocker Brian May also denounced the director and his involvement on the film on Sunday.
The Atlantic report featured anonymous men who claimed Singer had sex with them while they were minors and further darkened the shadow long cast on the filmmaker.
Singer has repeatedly denied the allegations and denied ever having sex with underage boys and called the article a “homophobic smear piece.” But “Red Sonja” producers appeared to forge ahead with Singer helming the reboot of the 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger film.
“I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision,” “Red Sonja” producer Avi Lerner said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter last month. “In America people are innocent until proven otherwise.”
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