Red Sonja can slay blood-thirsty barbarians and fire-breathing dragons without batting an eyelash, but there’s this one monster - - who’s green and made of paper - - that’s giving her quite a struggle. The last we heard of the RED SONJA movie set to star Rose McGowan was last September, when the actress stated that the movie was delayed and she had to push it out of her work schedule for 2009 in hopes that she’d still do it in 2010. Today, according to Pajiba, she’ll have to push it out of her schedule entirely because the production company Millennium Films wants Megan Fox, instead. In fact, they’ve already made the actress an offer. The director, Douglas Aarniokoski, has cut off, too, while it seems like Robert Rodriguez is still attached to produce. Millennium’s currently shooting their reboot of Conan and McGowan’s still attached for a minor role in that, although it looks that the role won’t be Red Sonja, despite what’s on IMDB.
It’s a bit puzzling that a film that looked so close to unsheathing its sword, so to speak, would undergo such a significant turnover. Millennium released not one, not two, but three posters of McGowawn as the sword-wielding she-devil at last year’s Comic Con (and they’re viewable down below). So what happened? The culprit seems to be the green paper monster I mentioned earlier, as the recession caused some key investors to pull out, even this far in the game. I wonder if those posters are going to become rare collector’s items, now?
But enough about that. What about Fox, oh blood-haired Comic Vine community? Would you want to see her as the lady barbarian? Do you prefer her over McGowan? Or, if you don’t like either of them, who would YOU want to play Red Sonja?
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this April - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.