The red-hot sword-and-sorcery heroine Red Sonja seems like she’d be the perfect big-screen action-adventure headliner, though she hasn’t exactly had much luck in the past – between the critically reviled 1985 film starring Brigit Nielsen (which flopped at the box office) and years of slow development on a reboot movie.
Nu Image/Millennium brought screenwriter Christopher Cosmos onboard to work on the reboot earlier in 2015, but there hasn’t been much to report since then. However, the above video shows just what a modern Red Sonja movie could look like, should it come to fruition.
Directed by Mike Le Han, the two-and-a-half-minute Red Sonja video offers a visually stylish pitch for bringing the character to life on the big screen (again). British filmmaker Le Han is a favorite among fantasy fans for his 2013 short Hellraiser: Origins; he is currently in production on the teen fantasy The Peppercorn Chronicles, which he wrote with his wife, Helen Le Han.
Le Han’s new concept video was reportedly shot in one day, with concept artist Paul Gerrard (Wrath of the Titans) and composer Max Aruj – a frequent collaborator with Hans Zimmer – on board Quiet Earth has also revealed concept art for this version of the Red Sonja character, as you can see below (for more images, go to the Quiet Earth site):
The Red Sonja character originated in Robert E. Howard’s 1934 short story “The Shadow of the Vulture” and was incorporated into Barry Windsor and Roy Thomas’s Conan the Barbarian comic book saga in the 1970s. Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City 1 & 2) had been working on a Red Sonja film reboot years back, while director Douglas Aarniokoski (Criminal Minds) was attached at a certain point; stars like Megan Fox, Amber Heard, and Rose McGowan were all either mentioned or considered for the lead role at different points in the project’s earlier development day.
If a cinematic universe based on Howard’s properties – including titles like Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja – ends up taking off at some point in the near future, do you think Han’s approach to Sonja would be one way to go about realizing that world on the big screen?
Source: Quiet Earth