'Red Sonja' Will Finally Return to Life on the Big Screen

'Red Sonja' Will Finally Return to Life on the Big Screen

Apr 05, 2018

Red Sonja

Movie audiences have been crying out for strong female characters on the big screen, as demonstrated by the huge popular success of Wonder Woman last year. That bodes well for the prospect of finally seeing the classic comic book hero Red Sonja return to life in theaters everywhere -- especially since a new writer has just been hired!

Model turned actress Brigitte Nielsen (top) embodied the character in Red Sonja (1985), which followed in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer as a period adventure. Pulp writer Robert E. Howard created both Conan and Sonja in the 1930s, but while Conan quickly became popular, Sonja did not really burst out on her own until she debuted in the Marvel comic book universe in 1973, thanks to writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith. It's that version of the character which served as inspiration for the 1985 movie. (Watch the trailer here.)

Rights eventually ended up with Dynamite Entertainment in 2005 and several iterations of the character have appeared in comic book form since then. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez planned to make a new version with Rose McGowan in the title role, even bringing promotional posters to San Diego's Comic-Con back in 2008.

A couple of years later, Rodriguez said that financing problems had delayed things, and then that version appears to have fallen apart. Sometime after that, director Simon West (The Expendables 2) became involved, but by August 2012, all he knew was that the script wasn't quite up to snuff and that actresses under consideration to star as Sonja, including Amber Heard (below in 2012) and Megan Fox, kept on changing.

Amber Heard

Last November, we heard that Millenium Media intended to finance and produce the first installment in what it hopes will be a franchise. The latest news, via Deadline, is that Ashley Edward Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) has been hired to write the screenplay.

Miller says: "It’s an exciting opportunity to faithfully adapt the amazing Hyborian world Robert E. Howard created, and inject it with Sonja’s intelligence, ferocity, and fearless humanity. I want people to love Sonja the way I love her, and walk out of the theater understanding why she’s so popular and enduring. Sonja is an icon."

It will likely be months before we hear about any progress on the project, so in the meantime, why not check out Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues, an animated version that was released not too long ago? Watch the trailer below to get a sense of the character.

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