Bryan Singer at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan, 2015 | Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson/CreativeCommons2.0
Millennium Films is putting a hold on Bryan Singer’s next film, Red Sonja, amid the sexual abuse allegations against him.
While there has been no official removal of Singer from the film, it is no longer on the company’s slate of upcoming films. Further, they confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter they are not shopping the film at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin.
The decision to delay the film stems from The Atlantic’s recent investigative feature about Singer. In it, they focused on four men’s sexual misconduct allegations against Singer, which he has denied.
Red Sonja’s conundrum
Fans of Red Sonja have taken issue with Singer’s attachment to the project, given its hero is a rape survivor.
Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith for Marvel Comics, Red Sonja is a sword-and-sorcery comic book character whose backstory involves her rape and the murder of her family.
Following the Atlantic’s article, Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner released a controversial statement. He called the article ‘agenda driven fake news’ and said he would allow Singer to continue on as director.
After the outcry, Lerner put forth a follow-up statement, saying crisis PR expert Howard Bragman wrote the original.
‘I don’t want to apologize, I just want to clarify [the statement],’ Lerner said. ‘I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously.’
He continued that he doesn’t agree ‘to judge by Twitter’ but rather ‘by the court’.
Singer has been dogged by these accusations for years. Rami Malek, the star of Bohemian Rhapsody, said he was not ‘pleasant’ to work with.
Red Sonja was meant to begin filming in Bulgaria this spring.
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