Bryan Singer will still direct Millennium Films’ Red Sonja reboot. The director has been attached to the sword-and-sorcery comic book movie since last September. It’s a controversial move, as Millennium Films affirmed this decision one day after the Atlantic published an exposé on the director’s alleged sexual history with underage boys.
“I continue to be in development for Red Sonja and Bryan Singer continues to be attached,” said producer Avi Lerner to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise.”
Lerner himself was accused of sexual harassment in 2017. He denied the accusations.
Singer directed Golden Globe-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, a film he was fired from during the end of production due to his long, unexplained disappearances from set. The public eye has increasingly watched Singer since that episode, and the Atlantic report has reinvigorated the public outcry against the director. In the piece, four more men accused Singer of having sex with them when they were under the age of consent. The youngest was 13 at the time. The allegations are the latest in a string of sexual assault and misconduct lawsuits against Singer from as early as 1997. Three of these also involved minors.
Filming for Red Sonja is set to begin in Bulgaria next spring. The studio expects to pay Singer $10 million.