Comic-Con 08: Robert Rodriguez Presents Red Sonja with Rose McGowan!
by Roman Chavez
July 25, 2008
Earlier today we attended the panel for the upcoming Red Sonja movie, scheduled for a fourth quarter release in 2009, with producer Robert Rodriguez, director Doug Aarniokoski and star Rose McGowan. This was my first ever movie panel at Comic-Con and it truly was exciting. Rodriguez was very entertaining and full of fun comments, some of which you can hear below. McGowan looked amazing and had a very humble feel to her. And director Aarniokoski just seemed real happy to be there. You're probably already familiar with this adaptation of Robert E. Howard's classic work, as it was just announced about a month ago and we published some news about it earlier today. Included below are a few of the details and updates that Rodriguez and company brought about our favorite "she-devil with a sword."
Unfortunately there were no clips shown this time because they have yet to start filming. As of now, they're still finding locations to shoot and finishing casting with an expected start date in the fall. They did, however, have some promo photos of McGowan dressed in character and she looked definitely looked the part. She had the chain mail bikini, flowing red hair, and a badass sword! What is she doing to get in shape? "I'm working out three hours a day and loving it!" She is also doing some sword training with martial arts stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski (Matrix, Constantine, 300). McGowan is very adamant about doing all of her own stunts, at last as much as they'll allow her, and can't wait to start shooting.
Rodriguez also spoke briefly about a few other commitments (including Shorts) that had kept him from directing the entire thing, those of which forced him to give control to his long-time friend and co-worker Doug Aarniokoski. However, just because he isn't directing doesn't mean he isn't intricately involved. He will be act as producer and even said he will be shooting select scenes. This is after all, Rodriguez' "lifelong dream" (he referenced "Savage Sword of Conan" #60 as the moment in his childhood where he fell in love with the world of Cimmeria). He said that bringing this film to life was something he has been working on for quite some time and the right things happened at the right times to get it where it is today. And as for an expected rating, Rodriguez put it nicely saying, "my name does have a double R!"
You can find two of the beautiful promo posters that they debuted at the panel below. What do you guys think of Rose McGowan as Red Sonja? Have someone better in mind or does this Rodriguez production sound like it might turn out pretty badass? Post a comment and let us know!