Comic-Con ’08: Red Sonja Panel

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red sonja poster1 Comic Con 08: Red Sonja PanelThe Red Sonja panel with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Rose McGowan (Grindhouse) and Doug Aarniokoski (2nd unit director, Resident Evil 3) was held on Thursday, the 24th.

While this wasn’t in the “big hall,” the presentation was in a very large room and it filled up- which surprised me a little bit. Then again considering the history of the people on the project, maybe it shouldn’t have.  It showed me there’s a strong public interest in the two principles on this project: Rodriguez and McGowan.

They presented two new movie posters for Red Sonja that I found most interesting and were handing out t-shirts with the image of the 2nd poster on it.  It was rather coveted by the masses.

Rodriguez chatted about the first time he saw a Red Sonja comic book and his challenge of trying to get his mother to buy it for him.  The challenge was the possible risque cover art!  After that, the Red Sonja comic book franchise was his obsession since he was about 11 years old!

From there, he’s basically become a Robert E. Howard fan.

Panel questions lend some insight into Rose McGowan:
She tends to enjoy roles that embody female empowerment and vengeance.

She made an interesting statement about a turning point in her career. In regards to how her old method of landing movie roles was to wait for good roles to be offered to her, but of late, she’s decided to go after the roles she wants.  The powerful, angry female roles.

red sonja teaser Comic Con 08: Red Sonja PanelRose as Red Sonja, the fortuitous timing:
One morning Rose was going through some scripts and pointed out the Red Sonja script to the then secretive but fervent Red Sonja fan Robert.  Upon seeing what the script was, it made him snort up his water at the fortuitous possibility of his much favored franchise with his favorite girl.

It’s important to note that Rodriguez’s version of Red Sonja will be an origins film that will be a “cold, hard, bloody, dirty movie“.

For those of you who don’t know the story, Red Sonja was a young girl who is driven by a personal tragedy to become the red headed woman warrior on the path of driven vengeance.  Through it all, she discovers a larger purpose in her life.

Other bits about Red Sonja:
McGowan is starting her sword training this upcoming Monday.  They haven’t locked down any other cast for the film yet and Rodriguez coyly dodged the question of who’d he like to be in it.

Unrelated Bits and Pieces:
Robert Rodriguez’s next  “10-minute cooking school” will be Texas Barbeque and will be included in the Grindhouse DVD.

There’s been progress on a Sin City 2 script.  Frank Miller showed him a written script about 3 months ago and they’re trying to figure out how to squeeze that project in between all the other projects they’re doing.

On the newest Conan project:  Rodgriguez dropped that he could be either the producer or director for that effort and he left it at that, which the audience responded rather exuberantly to.  What a tease!

Images courtesy of MoviesOnLine

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  1. Nice and erotic poster… not inspired by the chose in director for the film, but with Robert Rodriguez’s hand in the mix I’ll wait to voice a direction in oppinion.

  2. This does absolutely nothing for me…I thought the first film was really bad…Does anyone else agree with me when I say that the batch of female heroine movies that have been offered in the past are just real bad…

    Barb Wire, Electra, Supergirl, Catwoman, Josie & the Pussycats, Sheena, Tank Girl, Brenda Starr..the highest grossing female comic book adapted was “Annie” for crying out loud!! THe genre does not translate well and call me a chauvanist if you want but I think these characters are good in supportive roles..not as leads carrying a film on their own.. (the gaunlet has been thrown down for the female readers)..supportive roles only..Even the Queen of these characters Wonder Woman can’t get off the ground and it is most likely for the reason that they don’t generate enough of a return for studios. Joss Whedon (this guy can write a strong female lead for a movie) turned in a great script with an interesting take on the character(Wonder Woman) and Silver pictures and WB turned it down..These movies are bad ideas..

  3. I can’t say it’s going to knock the box office on it’s butt, but I think it will do well enough.

  4. Um, The first Laura Croft movie wasn’t bad. The character Yu Shu-lien in “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” wasn’t bad either. Their’s always Ripley and hopefully Major Kusanagi.
    Of course those movies are 5 or more years old. What was lost??
    According to some, the qualities men liked in heroines, they were strong, smart,and successful in addition to being sexy have been gutted. Replaced by trashy, man hating, whiny, antisocial, bimbo stereotypes. It wouldn’t hurt to pitch a good story to someone like Gale Ann Hurd either. Their’s no denying the genre had a short run. Just not the right time for those kind of movies, I guess. ):

  5. That sword-licking poster looks so odd to me. Not flattering at all.

    This should be interesting to see; it’s the kind of film that Rodriguez could do really well.

  6. Hi reut, welcome to our screenrant comment zones.

    I agree with you… so many times a strong female lead still gets broken down to expose the classic vulnerability and it can get annoying. I don’t have anyone in mind, but it’s just a feel I take away from that aspect of the genre.

    Rodriguez and McGowan promise ruthless to the end and I’m going to hold them to it.

  7. @Liz Gotta say I agree with you – that poster doesn’t set well with me at all. Kind of gross/creepy, really.


  8. Old Man

    Croft, Yu, and Ripley were not comic book characters. I thought Tomb Raider was basically fluff but it had promise. The other two characters were indeed strong female characters with Ripley being one of the best heroines of all time!! LOved her in Alien and Aliens…SHowed how a strong woman can overcome anything and be tough, strong and sexy at the same time…I was only talking about CBM with female leads..I thought Whedon would have been a lock for WOnder WOman but I guess I was wrong..Maybe they need a great female scribe to write these movies?

  9. @ greenknight333: You mean they didn’t originate in that media then adapted to the screen. Well Ok, but that’s splitting hairs pretty fine.. :) Vol/dp/158899175X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217099983&sr=8-1

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    In 01 Dan Jurgens did Tomb Raider graphic novels. You can find them on Amazon too.

  10. Rose McGowan can lick blood off a sword and still not look half as intimidating as Lucy Lawless as Xena doing…well, anything.

  11. @angela

    Yeah, that poster didn’t do much for me. Kind of a creepy porn movie vibe.


  12. i don’t think Rose McGowan can pull this role off, she is to small ( 5’2″), and not that good of an actress
    Laura Prepon, now she has the right figure and is sexy as all hell to boot

    just my thought on the matter

  13. i agree with robert laura prepon is much better suited than rose mcgowan, and a beter actress to boot