After weeks of people calling for it online, Millennium Films is putting a halt to the Bryan Singer-directed Red Sonja film.
Reported by Deadline, the news comes after an article on January 23 that featured stories of four new young men that renewed the years of accusations of sexual misconduct and sex with teenage boys by Singer.
Originally Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner praised the director and confirmed him still as the choice to lead the film only to backtrack on his comments a week later. The studio’s statement to Deadline said, “the project is not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale at the EFM [European Film Market] in Berlin.” That film market is where studios generally promote their movies to European distribution companies for circulation in the European markets.
Much scrutiny had begun to surface in respects to Singer as the choice for directing the film starring the sword-wielding heroine, and it seems to have potentially worked at the moment as the film is shelved. Singer has not seemingly officially been removed, but that seems a very likely outcome from this move.
These allegations against Singer are nothing new and have come up every time the director has landed a gig, as studios have continued to give him high profile gigs. His latest film Bohemian Rhapsody did not bother to even use his name in most publicity not because of the allegations but because of issues on set that led to his being removed from the film before its completion.
The Freddy Mercury/Queen biopic has Oscar nominations but BAFTA removed Singer from contention in Outstanding British Film Category and GLADD removed the entire film from its own nominations both in response to the renewed allegations.