‘Red Sonja’ Put on Hold; Bryan Singer May Be Out as Director

Joann Johnston
February 12, 2019

The director has been followed by allegations of sexual harassment and assault throughout much of his career, and a recent article in The Atlantic included several new allegations of the same nature.

According to Deadline, Millennium Films has chose to put the project on the back burner, telling the outlet that "the project is not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale at the EFM in Berlin".

In the comics, Red Sonja is a sword-wielding heroine with a dark backstory including her sexual assault. Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner last week rowed back comments he made two weeks ago praising the director and confirming him as the film's director.

"The over $800 million Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen". Talking about the article, Lerner released an official statement, "I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision". Singer denies the allegations, calling it a "homophobic smear piece" that was "conveniently timed to take advantage of" the success of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Previously, the spokesperson said that people are innocent before proven guilty.

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On Sunday, Malek won the BAFTA award for Best Actor, and is considered the frontrunner for Best Actor at the Oscars later this month, where the movie is also nominated for Best Picture.

Mr. Bryan Singer's reputation in Hollywood appears to be forever tarnished.

Singer was sacked from Bohemian Rhapsody just weeks before its completion though he is still credited as a director, a fact that producers hope does not impact its chances at the Oscars later this month. The 1985 film "Red Sonja" starred Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. "I want [the accused] to be judged by the court". "We take these accusations in all seriousness and we looked into them, but at the moment, from what we gather, they are completely baseless".

The film was set to begin shooting in Bulgaria this year, but those plans will no longer go ahead, according to reports in Variety. The industry needs to hold those who perpetuate harms against anyone - especially vulnerable young people - accountable for their actions.

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