Empire is reporting that development on a Red Sonja movie (Red Sonja being a character from Roy Thomas & Barry Windsor-Smith’s Conan the Barbarian comics) is back on track after being through a severe bout of development hell, and that Amber Heard is the frontrunner to play the red-haired, sword-wielding heroine.
Red Sonja was originally set to be produced by Robert Rodriguez, with Rose McGowan starring as the title character. Teaser posters for the movie were even released, but that incarnation of the project was eventually put on hiatus last year. It’s experiencing a comeback now however, with Conan the Barbarian releasing in August, and producer Avi Lerner hoping to shoot Red Sonja in between the first and second Conan movies (Conan 2 is apparently already in development).
Producer Avi Lerner states that while a few actresses are being considered for the role, Amber Heard is the one he likes best, and the one he wants to see don ridiculously small chainmail bikinis (not his words). It’s not a done deal though. Yet.
Here is a picture of Red Sonja. My apologies, but seemingly she has never been illustrated without exaggeratedly huge breasts.
Just so you know what we’re dealing with. The character of Red Sonja has appeared in her own film before, in 1985, played by Brigitte Nielsen; in the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared as Prince Kalindor, and of course we all know that he played Conan in the 1980s Conan movies.
A director has also been “chosen” for the film: Simon West, who has previously helmed Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, When a Stranger Calls and The Mechanic. It’s kinda the sort of director I’d expect for a film such as this. I have absolutely no idea how Conan is going to turn out (directed by Marcus Nispel, director of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th remakes), but I guess Nispel’s horror background might mean we get a lot more gore in our fantasy this time around. It also might be a bit shallow.
The Conan the Barbarian comics are of course based on Robert E. Howard’s 1930s stories.
Amber Heard seems to be a hot topic at the moment, but to be honest I’m not a huge fan. I think I would have preferred Rose McGowan. What do you think? And are you excited for the new upcoming Conanverse?