Bryan Singer’s Next Film ‘Red Sonja’ On Hold Amid Controversies

Written by on February 13, 2019

Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – When The Atlantic published the report about Bryan Singer’s alleged sexual harassment of minors, Millennium Films, the company producing his next film ‘Red Sonja’, kept him on board. However, the company is now reportedly putting the production on hold amid the controversy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, while Singer is still attached as the director of the film it is no longer included in the company’s list of priorities for the meantime. It was also not marketed at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin.

In response to The Atlantic article, Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner previously said that it was “agenda driven fake news.” His statement was heavily criticized. Lerner later clarified his statement and added that the “victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously.”

Deadline reports that ‘Red Sonja’ was expected to begin filming this year in Bulgaria, but it appears that it won’t be happening any time soon. No cast has been confirmed for the film.

‘Red Sonja’ is based on the eponymous comic book about the sword-wielding heroine with a dark history. The lead female character in the story also suffered sexual assault. With the recent allegations against Singer, in which it is claimed that he sexually assaulted underage boys, some are of the view that Singer may not be the best fit to direct the film.

The movie is expected to have a budget of around $70 million to $80 million, and with Singer receiving a $10 million salary.

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