Tasha Huo will write the Red Sonja movie reboot with Joey Soloway, in addition to serving as showrunner on Netflix’s Tomb Raider animated series.
The Red Sonja movie reboot has landed a new writer.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Tasha Huo will co-write Red Sonja with director Joey Soloway, in addition to acting as showrunner on Netflix’s upcoming Tomb Raider animated series. Huo also served as a writer on Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin, a limited series set 1,200 years prior to the events of The Witcher TV show.
Created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith, Red Sonja first appeared in 1973’s Conan the Barbarian #23 and was partly based on the character Red Sonya from Robert E. Howard’s 1934 short story, “The Shadow of the Vulture.” In 2013, Gail Simone partially re-imagined the Red Sonja character and her backstory to much critical acclaim, portraying Sonja as a warrior seeking to avenge her family by hunting down the marauders who killed them, often resorting to booze and combat to deal with the trauma from her loss.
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“I have loved Red Sonja forever and I feel so honored to help shepherd her story and start this cinematic journey,” said Soloway. “There could not be a greater moment in our world for Red Sonja’s ways of wielding power and her connection with nature and our planet. She is an ancient heroine with an epic calling, and translating that to the screen is a dream come true for me as a filmmaker. I can’t wait to collaborate with Tasha on this vision.”
Red Sonja was previously adapted into the 1985 live-action swords and sorcery movie of the same name, with Brigitte Nielsen starring as the titular character. The film earned negative reviews and bombed at the box office, grossing $6.9 million on a $17.9 million budget. Bryan Singer came aboard to direct the Red Sonja reboot for Millennium Films in Sept. 2018 but was dropped amidst sexual abuse allegations and replaced by Soloway in June 2019.
“I can really have so much fun with Red Sonja,” Soloway said in July 2019. “I see her a little bit more like the first kind of bad girl superhero. Sort of like the Batman of The Dark Knight or Deadpool, you know? The world is changing so much right now for superheroes, that I just really look forward to not only going to the edge of what I’ve ever written and director before, but to the edge of the genre as well.”
Directed by Joey Soloway, Red Sonja does not yet have a release date.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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