Rumor of the Day: Bryan Singer developing an R-rated Red Sonja TV series

Looks like Bryan Singer (the X-Men movie franchise) is developing an R-rated Red Sonja TV series — actually, since it’s for TV, it would be TV-MA — meaning the show will go for lots of violence, blood, gore and probably a fair amount of sword and sorcery and sex. This also means it won’t be your run-of-the-mill Xena: Warrior Princess, but something more along the lines of Starz's Spartacus or HBO's Game of Thrones.

The news was revealed via Bleeding Cool, who says they’ve heard it through a “pretty reliable source.” Accorging to them, Singer will work alongside Luke Lieberman and Jason Taylor, who own the rights to Red Sonja. They’ll produce via Singer’s production company Bad Hat Harry. Bryan Singer will be directing and producing.

Loosely based on Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogatina, who first appeared in a 1934 Conan short story titled “The Shadow of the Vulture,” Red Sonja made her comic-book debut back in 1975 in Conan the Barbarian #23 from writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith. Currently, Red Sonja is hacking and slashing her way through a popular Dynamite Entertainment comic-book series, which had a four-issue cross-over with Conan just last year.

However, I'm guessing most of you will be more familiar with the character thanks to that 1985 Red Sonja movie starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzeneger (although not as Conan). Although it wasn't very good, I have fond memories of that film. Back then, we were really thirsting for anything that was fantasy-related and it was the age of Conan, with Conan the Barbarian having been released in 1982 followed by Conan the Destroyer two years later.

Since Singer and the powers-that-be are gunning for an R-rated show, the only places where that Red Sonja TV series could end up would have to be a cable channel/streaming service such as HBO, Starz, Showtime, Netflix or Amazon.

What say you? Would you love to see an R-rated TV series with the red-haired She-Devil with a Sword?


(via Bleeding Cool)

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