A remake of 1985 movie Red Sonja directed by Bryan Singer has been put on hold in the wake of underage sex allegations against the Hollywood filmmaker.
As Deadline reports, Singer signed up in September 2017 to direct a new version of the 1985 fantasy epic, which famously starred Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite being fired from Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017, producers Millennium Films reportedly paid in the region of $10million (£7.77million) to secure Singer’s services for the project.
However, Millennium Films faced intense pressure to drop Singer last month, after Atlantic Magazine published an extensive article that detailed claims of sexual abuse against Singer from four men. Singer has denied wrongdoing and described the allegations as a “homophobic smear.”
But it now seems like the project will not go ahead, after Millennium Films withdrew it from a sales pitch at the European Film Market.
“The project is not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale,” the studio confirmed to Deadline.
Although Singer has not been officially removed, Deadline says that planned filming in Bulgaria later this year will not take place after all.
It comes after the BAFTAs announced it was withdrawing Singer’s nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody last week.
Bohemian Rhapsody had been nominated for Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs, although The BAFTA organisation subsequently announced that Singer’s nomination for the film would be suspended.
Singer was ultimately replaced by Dexter Fletcher, on Bohemian Rhapsody who completed filming and production of the acclaimed movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody was recently dropped from consideration by the GLAAD Awards following the publication of the allegations which have been made against Singer.