I’m not sure what makes this story so comical – the fact the Hollywood has jumped on the remake gravy train once again, or is it the fact that Robert Rodriguez has once again hired his girlfriend Rose McGowan to star in yet another one of his projects?

It’s a tough question to answer, but for the sake of argument I’ll say that I can’t believe that Red Sonja is going to be remade.

Nu Image/Millennium Films, the company behind the recently annnounced (and forever in development) Conan remake have stated that they are producing a film version of Robert E. Howard’s second most famous character that will be “presented” by Robert Rodriguez and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.

The movie, based on the 1985 Richard Fleischer film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen as the titular (easy, boys – look that word up) red-haired heroine is yet another project by Nu Image/Millennium to use iconic and pre-existing characters – see Conan, The Three Musketeers and Rambo.

Is there really an audience for this film – considering that the big draw for the original film was a certain Mr Schwarzenegger?


Let’s be brutally honest – you could probably make this movie on a cheap budget – and I’d hazard a guess that McGowan doesn’t get paid that much (I know, a lot more than you and me – but you know what I’m getting at).

Nu Image/ Millennium Films’ head honcho said this:

“This is an amazing property and film for our company. Working with the talented Robert Rodriguez, having Rose McGowan as Red Sonja and Douglas Aarniokoski directing is a fantastic combination. We could not be happier.”

Oh, it should be noted that director Aarniokoski worked as assistant director on several of Rodriguez films and he also helmed the terrible Highlander: Endgame.

I see this thing going straight to DVD, and while I could be wrong, the “Robert Rodriguez Presents:” title feels like it belongs on a DVD box.

Locations are being scouted in Michigan (?!) and other areas across the United States, with filming scheduled to begin in October.

With a bit of luck this could be a minor diversion, but what about Conan ? Surely we should have heard more news about that – considering that it has been on the boil longer than Rodriguez has been making films.

Possibly, just possibly there could be a bit of Conan cross-over here – like what Marvel are doing at the minute. The studio might also be testing the waters, to see if there is an audience for this sort of film, before they decide to make the mega-budgeted Conan.

As always, we’ll keep you posted on both projects.

Source: Latino Review