Ever since the 2008 San Diego Comic Con panel, mum has been the word on the upcoming remake of Red Sonja, which is being produced by Robert Rodriguez and is starring Rodriguez’s main squeeze, Rose McGowan.
Well now executive producer Joe Gatta (who is also handling the Conan remake) is speaking up about what is going on with Red Sonja and when we can expect the film to hit theaters (apparently the recession has been hitting Hollywood hard as Main Street). Gatta’s explanation of the non-movement on Red Sonja is that the downturn in the economy has delayed the film from going into production until 2010. As he told Empire Magazine:
“Because of certain issues and the economy, we had to change our plan a bit. It’s frustrating because we thought we’d make the movie last year, before Conan.”
Gatta also confirmed that Red Sonja will be an origin story – one that totally ignores the 1985 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen. Instead, the character will be inspired by the original Red Sonja from the Marvel comic book created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in 1973. Says Gatta:
“She’s beautiful and sexy, and she kicks ass!…Although you have to be really careful so it’s not campy. You want to make it real. Make her convincingly tough. And I think we have a script that’s cracked it.”
Of course, for all his praise of Red Sonja, Gatta affirms that his main focus is squarely set on getting Conan The Barbarian up on the big screen. While he claims that Red Sonja WILL start filming in 2010, I for one wouldn’t hold him to it until everything with Conan is smoothed and at the ready.
Red Sonja is set to be directed by longtime Robert Rodriguez-associate, Douglas Aarniokoski, whose credits include Highlander: Endgame :-P, and some assistant director work on Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Resident Evil: Extinction.
According to Gatta, he hopes to shoot Red Sonja in 2010 and have the movie out in theaters late that same year. We’ll see how it goes.