Bryan Singer's 'Red Sonja' Has Been Put On Hold Due To Allegations

Angelo Anderson
February 12, 2019

The allegations have led to intense scrutiny over the choice of Singer to direct comic book adaptation Red Sonja, about a sword-wielding heroine with a dark backstory including her sexual assault. After the movie was on the slate previous year at the American Film Market, the prolific USA mini-studio has told us, "the project is not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale at the EFM in Berlin".

Last month it was reported that Red Sonja was in development with Singer attached and was expected to shoot later this year in Bulgaria.

Some awards organizations have taken steps to remove recognition from the film in response to the reports of Singer's serial sexual misconduct. "In America people are innocent until proven otherwise".

Singer has denied all allegations of abuse, and called The Atlantic's reporting "a homophobic smear piece", claiming it was meant to damage "Bohemian Rhapsody", a major box-office hit and Oscar contender.

Coincidentally, the story from the outlet was published just one day after Bohemian Rhapsody received approximately five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture for both Rami Malek and the producer of the flick, Graham King. "Bohemian Rhapsody" also lost its GLAAD Award nomination over the new accusations against Singer.

After being fired from his film Bohemian Rhapsody amid production, director Bryan Singer was roped in to helm Red Sonja.

Red Sonja is a Marvel character based in the same universe as Conan the Barbarian. The film has not yet been cast.

Lerner defended Singer again in Israeli press in an interview published over the weekend.

"The complaints I receive ask why I don't fire him, and the answer is simple: Bryan hasn't been found guilty of anything in court", he said.

Singer, who was sacked from directing duties of his last film, Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, has not been officially removed as a director from Red Sonja but he is also not a part of the company's slate, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The industry needs to hold those who perpetuate harms against anyone - especially vulnerable young people - accountable for their actions.

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