It seems that the success of DC’s Wonder Woman movie has given Hollywood the green light to revive some of its other strong female characters, with Red Sonja leading the charge with her pending big budget movie return.
When we last saw the character of Red Sonja on the big screen, it was back in 1985 with Brigitte Nielson in the titular role, hamming it up opposite the Austrian Oak, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Enough time has passed since then to remove any nasty taste from fans’ mouths over that mess of a movie, and we’ve no doubt that this adaptation will be quite different.
Red Sonja first appeared in Marvel Comics back in 1973. She was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith, who in turn based the character on a short story by Robert E. Howard. Her backstory is pretty typical of the era – her family are killed and so she goes on a quest to obtain special powers which will allow her to exact her revenge – and with her red hair, large breasts and skimpy attire, it was no surprise that she became something of a pinup for comic book fans back in the day.
Despite her popularity among boys of a certain age, the comic quickly declined in sales, but does continue to this day thanks in no small part to the team over at Dynamite Entertainment.
According to reports over at Deadline, the film will be produced by Millennium Films’ Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Avi Learner, and Trevor Short. The character’s legal rights holder, Luke Lieberman, will also be on board in an executive producer role. Avi Learner told the site:
“We have been waiting for the right time for this remake, and with the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.”
Check out the original trailer below:
What do you think of the proposed Red Sonja remake? Does she have a place in today’s world of superheroes? Who would you cast in the title role? Have your say in the comments section below, and don’;t forget to like and share on Facebook and Twitter.
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