February 10, 2011

Simon West To Direct Red Sonja, Amber Heard To Play Sonja?

Empire was able to talk with producer Avi Lerner about the status of the Red Sonja remake. Previously Robert Rodriguez was producing with Rose McGowan in the lead the pair even promoted the project at Comic-Con. Like most of his projects in development Rodriguez moved on to other things.

With the studio's reboot of Conan The Barbarian hitting theaters in August it looks like they could be moving forward with Red Sonja very soon. Avi Lerner says that they are planning on shooting Sonja between Conan and Conan 2. I believe this the first official talk of a sequel for Conan and I assume Marcus Nispel will return to direct.

He also confirms Simon West will direct Red Sonja. West is actually a decent action director being best known for directing Con Air, Tomb Raider and The Mechanic. I recently saw the Mechanic and while it was very by-the-numbers it was still entertaining and had some excellent action scenes. I was luke-warm with the idea of a Red Sonja remake but if West is on board I'll have to check it out. Lerner mentions Amber Heard as his favorite for the role of Sonja. I'd have to agree as she fits nicely into this genre and isn't shy when it comes to R-rated material.

"We will definitely shoot Red Sonja in between Conan and Conan 2. We already chose the director: an English guy called Simon West."
"We're talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja," he says, "but we just finished a movie called Drive Angry with Amber Heard, and I want to see her. She's my favorite for the role."

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