Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

Red Sonja Put On Back Burner Amid Bryan Singer Controversy

Red Sonja Put On Back Burner Amid Bryan Singer Controversy

"The project is not on the slate at the moment", the studio, Millennium Films, told Deadline on Monday. I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. The project was expected to begin production in Bulgaria this year, though this is no longer the case and a cast has not been set for the film. "In America people are innocent until proven otherwise".

The allegations have led to intense scrutiny over the choice of Singer to direct comic book adaptation Red Sonja, about a sword-wielding heroine with a dark backstory including her sexual assault.

Singer has been the subject of multiple sexual misconduct allegations, most recently in an Atlantic exposé detailing sex with underage boys.

The Atlantic article quoted a man who said he was a 13-year-old extra on the Singer film "Apt Pupil" when the director fondled his genitals without consent.

Lerner later walked back his comments a bit, noting last week that his previous comments "came out the wrong way". In a statement issued through Singer's attorney, he claimed this to be a "homophobic smear piece that he said was "conveniently timed" to take advantage of the success of Bohemian Rhapsody". The director has vehemently denied wrongdoing and has not been charged or convicted of a crime.

As for Bohemian Rhapsody, the film is up for five Oscar nominations including Best Picture but when it comes to other awards and accolades, Singer is experiencing some fallout from the allegations.

Days after The Atlantic published its article, GLAAD withdrew the Freddie Mercury biopic's nomination for "Outstanding Film - Wide Release" at its annual Media Awards.

It appears as though Millennium Films has finally come to the bold conclusion that having a controversial male director who is plagued with numerous sexual misconduct allegations and lawsuits-not to mention was sacked off his last film for not showing up to work-take the helm of a female-fronted action franchise is, actually, a bad idea.

"I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously", he said last week. I just don't agree to judge by the Twitter.

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