Comic book fans can look forward to another adaptation, though this time it’s not in the same universe as the super heroics we’ve become so accustomed to. Red Sonja, created by created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith, and based on the character by Robert E. Howard, is getting her own film.
Though no release date has been revealed as of yet, it has been confirmed that the character’s return to the big screen will be financed by Millennium Media and produced by Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta, who also worked on The Expendables and the Conan the Barbarian remake, respectively. The rights holder of Red Sonja, Luke Lieberman, will also be an executive producer.
“We have been waiting for the right time for this remake,” said Lerner,” and with the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.”
This is not the first time Red Sonja has been featured on film. Released in 1985, the original film featured Brigitte Nielsen as Red Sonja and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Lord Kalidor. The film itself received largely negative reviews from critics. Presumably this will follow more in the shoes of Wonder Woman than it will the previous film or the Conan remake, which also received largely negative reviews.
Since then, there have been rumors of the character returning to the screen, including an attempt from Bryan Singer to create a TV series which ultimately fell through. Red Sonja has maintained success on the page, however, as the 2013 comic book series written by Gail Simone who had this to say about the film news:
Call.— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) November 4, 2017
According to Deadline, the entire film is being fast tracked, and the next step in the process is to hire a writer. So while it seems like they are attempting to speed the process along, we likely won’t hear any casting news for quite some time.