Bryan Singer’s ‘Red Sonja’ on hold amid renewed allegations of sexual harassment

Lawrence Kim
February 12, 2019

The film was set to begin shooting in Bulgaria this year, but those plans will no longer go ahead, according to reports in Variety.

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 X-Men director has been accused of sexually assaulting minors in an exposé published by The Atlantic. The Reporter article specifies that Singer has (as of this writing) not been fired from the project, but if this latest news is any indication, Millennium may now be taking the diplomatic way out of what most of us can agree would have been a cursed movie from the start. Three of the men spoke under anonymity.

Bafta said in a statement: "In light of recent very serious allegations, Bafta has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended, effective immediately". After the aforementioned report came out - which investigated claims made by multiple people, one of them alleging that he was 13 at the time of the possible incident - Millennium CEO Avi Lerner released a statement in which he brushed aside the accusations and focused on Singer's hit films, including the multi-Oscar nominee Bohemian Rhapsody.

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

"I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously", he said last week. "I want [the accused] to be judged by the court".

Bryan Singer had been fired during Bohemian Rhapsody on a claim of creative differences. The story was published a day after "Bohemian Rhapsody" received five Academy Award nominations including best picture for producer Graham King and actor for Rami Malek. If you ask us, there are many directors capable of handling a red Sonja film. The title character is a spinoff of Conan the Barbarian and is meant to kick off a new franchise for Millennium, one with a female lead at its center. Perhaps they could take the Wonder Woman route and hire a woman for the job.

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