The Robert Rodriguez produced / Douglas Aarniokoski directed film has been chugging along in development for quite some time now, and it was recently put on hold due to the economic downturn. It looked like McGowan might not suit-up (or should that be suit down) to play the titular heroine, but now the actress has taken to Twitter to soothe fans fears.
Although having said that, the film is over a year away at the very least. Wwill the actress' schedule hold out?
McGowan's first post on Twitter said:
"Just this once i'll address questions about Red Sonja & others; i was meant to do in '08. Major personal &private; reasons I pulled out. Starting 2 want to work again. Sometimes real life f***ing sucks. That's all. God bless us survivors."
The actress then followed the post up with:
"To clarify press reports: Red Sonja is delayed. I pulled out of doing it in '09. Not permanently. Hopefully will follow Conan."
And finally this:
" I am still contracted to do it Red Sonja. Hopefully Filming in '10 not '09".
*Please note that all punctuation and grammar is McGowan's!
Now it obviously appears that McGowan is still attached to the project - but it would appear that she has no idea when the film will go before cameras. If she is booked up with other projects when shooting begins then she might have to hand the sword over to another (younger?) actress?
Also the word "hopefully" covers a multitude of potential problems and although she is still contracted it does not mean she will star. After-all Brandon Routh and George Clooney were both contracted to star as Superman and Batman again!
McGowan is the girlfriend of producer Robert Rodriguez, so it is likely that she won't be dropped. Although having said that, McGowan was supposed to star in a Rodriguez directed version of Barbarella and the studio walked away from the project because the actress wasn't a big enough box office draw to justify the $70 million budget.
But no matter what, it certainly looks like we'll be seeing Marcus Nispel's Conan remake first - a film that has been in development for over a decade!
More when we get it!