Is Red Sonja ready to make a big bloody splash on the small screen? It sure sounds like it, and drector Bryan Singer may be the driving force behind this violent and sexy take on the iconic Marvel comic book character inspired by the works of Robert E. Howard. But when will we see Sonja making her triumphant return?
This summer's X-Men: Apocalypse will bring the current X-Men trilogy to a close, with Bryan Singer at the helm. While 20th Century Fox hasn't confirmed where the franchise will go from there, aside from the already-announced spinoffs Gambit and Wolverine 3, the director will step away from the superhero genre temporarily with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which starts production this fall. The filmmaker is also serving as executive producer on X-Men TV shows Hellfire and Legion, but a new report from Bleeding Cool reveals he's also developing another TV series based on a beloved comic book, Red Sonja.
The site reports that Bryan Singer is developing an R-rated TV adaptation of Red Sonja, which means the show is aiming for a cable network like HBO, Showtime, Starz, or the Netflix streaming service. If the project moves forward, the filmmaker will direct the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer with his Bad Hat Harry partner Jason Taylor, along with Solopist Films' Stephen L'Heureux. TWC-Dimension is financing the project, and Luke Lieberman, who currently owns the character, will also be involved.
The character was originally created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith, and loosely based on Red Sonya of Rogatino in Robert E. Howard's 1934 short story "The Shadow of the Vulture". Red Sonja made her Marvel comic book debut in 1975's Conan the Barbarian #23. It isn't known if Bryan Singer has already enlisted a writer or not. And there is no mention of who might play the red haired she-devil.
Red Sonja was adapted for the big screen in 1985, with Brigitte Nielsen starring as the title character and Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying Kalidor. There has also been a Red Sonja movie remake in the works for several years, which had Rose McGowan once attached to star and Robert Rodriguez set to direct. Over the years, there were rumors that Megan Fox and Amber Heard were circling the role. Last year, Nu Image/Millennium Films tapped Christopher Cosmos to write the script, but that's the last we've heard about the movie remake.
Of course, this Red Sonja news has not been confirmed yet, but we'll have to wait and see if this series does move forward on a premium cable network, if it is in fact R-rated. Would you enjoy seeing an R-rated TV take on Red Sonja in the near future? Or would you rather see her on the big screen? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more updates.