Bryan Singer Reportedly Fired From ‘Red Sonja’

When it was revealed last month that Bryan Singer’s Red Sonja film had been put on hiatus following the latest round of misconduct allegations against the director, it wasn’t clear how things would turn out. Producer Avi Lerner seemed to be putting up at least some marginal defense of the troubled filmmaker, but that defense has now crumbled.

According to a report from THR, buried in a larger story on a totally different topic, Singer has been fired from Red Sonja as Lerner struggled to find a partner as long as he was still on board…

[Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner] made news recently when he hired Bryan Singer to direct a reboot of Red Sonja. After Singer was accused in an Atlantic article of sexually assaulting underage boys, Lerner dismissed the story as “agenda-driven fake news,” then walked the statement back. Eventually, he dropped Singer from the project because he was unable to secure a domestic distributor.”

Think about that for a sec. Singer is coming off the four Academy Award wins by Bohemian Rhapsody, a film he was punted from over his unprofessional behavior. Allegations of sexual abuse have dogged Singer for much of his career, but because he’s so routinely delivered hit movies it has never really cost him. That could be changing now.

Presumably, Millennium Films will move forward on Red Sonja with a new director. Perhaps Robert Rodriguez is still interested? Eh, probably not. Whatever happens, I hope we don’t hear anything about Singer for a long time.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.