It’s been over a year and a half since Transparent creator Joey Soloway signed on to replace Bryan Singer in the director’s chair for Millennium Films’ long-planned Red Sonja reboot, and now it seems the project is finally ready to move forward.
THR reports that up-and-coming screenwriter Tasha Huo, showrunner and executive producer of an upcoming Tomb Raider anime for Netflix, has signed on to write the script for the fantasy adventure. Casting is set to begin immediately, with Millennium set to shop the project at the European Film Market.
“I have loved Red Sonja forever and I feel so honored to help shepherd her story and start this cinematic journey. There could not be a greater moment in our world for Red Sonja’s ways of wielding power and her connection with nature and our planet,” said Soloway. “She is an ancient heroine with an epic calling, and translating that to the screen is a dream come true for me as a filmmaker. I can’t wait to collaborate with Tasha on this vision.”
“We’re very excited to be bringing Red Sonjato the market and the world,” added Millennium’s Jonathan Younger. “This has been a long time coming. Having Joey Soloway at the helm of this feminist icon franchise is the perfect recipe for a magical adventure, which is exactly what the world needs today.”
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Created by comic book writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith and based upon Conan writer Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogatino, Red Sonja was previously adapted for the big screen in 1985, with Brigette Nielsen taking on the role of the She-Devil with a Sword. A reboot has been in the works in various incarnations since 2008, when Robert Rodriguez was set to direct Rose McGowan in the title role.