Thirty years have passed since audiences were introduced to Red Sonja on the big screen. Envisioned as a female equivalent to Conan, the film starred Brigitte Nielsen as the title character and even featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in a slightly confusing Conan, but non-Conan, role. The sword and sandal fantasy epic was not a big hit and in fact even took home a Razzie award for the actress. Yet fans who found the film when they were younger hold it in high regard and a new Red Sonja movie has been in talks for sometime.
Robert Rodriguez was originally attached with Rose McGowen in the lead. Megan Fox was floated and then Simon West seemingly boarded the film with Amber Heard as the warrior. Now, that has all been wiped clean. No one is attached to Red Sonja except screenwriter Christopher Cosmos. Read More »
A Red Sonja film has been percolating for the last few years, kicked off when Rose McGowan was set to star with Robert Rodriguez producing. Teaser artwork was dramatically unveiled, and the film seemed like one of several that would be the fruit of the real-life relationship between the director and his Planet Terror actress. But things changed, and while it seemed for a moment as if the film might survive the end of the Rodriguez/McGowan relationship, that version of Red Sonja has been dead for some time.
The film is still being developed at Nu Image/Millennium, however. Now producer Avi Lerner says that he’s got Simon West set to direct a new version, and that he likes his Drive Angry actress Amber Heard for the title role. Read More »
FilmDrunk has put together a video which compiles every Arnold Schwarzenegger scream/shout/grunt from every movie Arnold Schwarzenegger was ever featured in. The resulting video is seven and a half minutes in length and can be viewed right now after the jump.
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During their relationship, Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez were planning to remake a couple films, notably Barbarella and Red Sonja. The latter is one that is still on the boards, to come after the new version of Conan, albeit with all new talent. Now, in addition to some recent interviews that shed light on what’s been holding the movie up, there is a report that Megan Fox could be the lead for the film. Is it likely to happen? Not really, but it will get some Robert E. Howard fans in a lather regardless. Read More »
Are you keeping up with the Conan casting? Jason Momoa is in,and as Conan no less; Mickey Rourke is out, replaced by Ron Perlman; Stephen Lang has been rumoured then confirmed… and on and on. The latest break is that Rose McGowan has been handed a role. But, hang on – isn’t she supposed to be getting her own Red Sonja movie?
So… is this a cross-over? Or does this announcement mean something else?
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Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, and director Douglas Aarniokoski sat down to answer a bunch of questions from fans about Red Sonja at Comic Con today, and also took the liberty of showing off some of the teaser poster artwork they had come up with. Putting aside the bizarre coincidence that one of the teasers was the third poster this week to play up the hot-girl-licks-dripping-blood theme (complete with the contrast of the pale white skin against the harsh red hues), the artwork on display amounted to some damn fine looking imagery. I particularly like the shot of McGowan sitting on a mountain of skulls with her glowing red hair blowing in the wind. Morbid, yet also kind of hot.
There were also some rather cool tidbits that seeped through the cracks in regards to the visual style of the film and what kind of prep they’ve been doing to prepare for filming in the months ahead.
But first, for those wondering why Robert Rodriguez isn’t directing the film, it’s not by choice. He has a contract still going that requires his next film to be with the Weinsteins, and thus he is unable to work on this at the same time. This lead to his decision to have Douglas Aarnioko (Rodriguez’s first assistant director on everything from From Dusk Till Dawn to Spy Kids) helm the film. At the same time, I got the impression this was just a clever ruse for Rodriguez to direct the film while avoiding any legal trouble. It wouldn’t be the first time he decided to try something so unconventional, what with him dropping out of the DGA due to issues with his invention of the “special guest director” credit with Quentin Tarantino on Sin City. Compared to Aarniokoski, Rodriguez was clearly the more enthusiastic of the two, harboring a deep love of the source material and professing that his stamp on the material would definitely be noticeable.
As far as where the current stage the film is at right now, it was announced that Rodriguez and Aarniokoski had been scouting locations across the country for the past three weeks, while Rose McGowan would start her sword training this following week. The big note of interest though came from one of the Q&A participants, who asked if they were going to be incorporating green screen effects like they did on Sin City (or how it was later done with 300). The filmmaking duo explained that they were going to be using both, enhancing the practical locations in a way that differentiates it from other recent sword-and-sandal movies and gives it a unique look that we’ve never seen before. It sounded like they already had something particular in mind, so it will be interesting to see what eventually ends up on screen.
Rodriguez also went on to explain that the film would be very dark, following more along the lines of the novels than the comics. The most important difference between this incarnation and the original, however, came courtesy of Rose McGowan, who noted, “I wont have a mullet.” Bless you for that, Rose. Bless you. McGowan’s contributions didn’t end there either. When going into detail about why she wanted to do the project upon receiving the script, she explained that it’s important to “do what you want to do” instead of focusing simply on being a role model. “And I wanted to take a giant sword and kill a lot of people.”
Another interesting tidbit she offered up was a hint at what kind of action we could expect, referencing that it would be similar in ways to the free-running chase sequence that kicked off Casino Royale but with swords. As soon as I heard that I immediately had this mental image of the PS3 game Heavenly Sword, with the red-haired gal sliding across vines and launching in between enemies and various obstacles with stunning visual flair. If the Red Sonja film can capture even a smidgen of that gorgeous style, it’s sure to be an interesting ride.
Photos and posters above courtesy of Yahoo, MoviesOnline, and Filmz.ru. Head on over to those sites for high resolution versions.
Don’t worry, /Film isn’t dyeing its hair purple and designing a line of Hot Topic apparel. According to various gossip sites, Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez have split, thus throwing McGowan’s roles in Barbarella aka “my space ship is nearly finished, seriously,” the newly announced Red Sonja revamp, and Girls in Chains! into question. If true, this is like the end of an era in GeekLand, and we’re pretty happy about it.
Discuss: Who should play Barbarella? Some sites have tipped Jessica Alba. Erm.