Millennium Films’ long in the works film adaptation sword-wielding heroine comic “Red Sonja” got a shot in the arm back in June when “Transparent” creator and “Afternoon Delight” director Jill Soloway came on board to pen and direct.
Soloway is taking over from Bryan Singer, whose status on the film was called into question in the wake of accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against him. The original plan was to shoot this year in Bulgaria but that’s off the cards as the project is still very much in development.
This weekend, whilst speaking to Deadline at the TCA press tour, Soloway discussed the project and sounds downright excited about it, saying she has very clear ideas about the tone, style and what she wants to do with the property:
“I can’t wait. I’m super excited. I get to write it as well, which is really a dream come true. I know it feels different when you compare it to Transparent, but for me, it feels just really very much like it’s coming from the same place.
I’ve always talked about myself as doing work that attempts to heal the divided feminine in our culture, the idea that women get kind of chopped up into wife or other woman or good girl, bad girl or Charlie’s Angels or all the women on Sex in the City, and that this idea of the divided feminine means that women get like a small slice to be.
If you look at ‘Transparent,’ it’s really about a lot of women becoming whole… All my work is really about humans searching for some divine feminine, asking these questions about God and looking for meaning. So, for me to transfer that into the world of Red Sonja felt incredibly natural, because Red Sonja is a very different kind of superhero. She’s not really typical.
I can really have so much fun with Red Sonja. 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 directed before, but to the edge of the genre as well.”
It’s not clear what rating the project is aiming for and no other talent is attached to the project at this point.