Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan Bringing Sexy Red Sonja Back
Barbarella? Red Sonja? It looks like Rose McGowan's job is always to save the world! Robert Rodriguez and his lovely lady Rose McGowan are teaming up to bring Red Sonja back in a remake due out in theaters in 2010. If you're still holding out for Sin City 2, don't worry, Rodriguez is only producing. The job of director goes to Rodriguez's associate and Highlander: Endgame director Douglas Aarniokoski. Rodriguez's version will be an origin story that will be inspired from comic books and pulp novelist Robert E. Howard, the father of the original Sonja as well as Conan the Barbarian. "Howard's goal was always, first and foremost, to spin a good yarn and to entertain. That's our goal."
The original 1985 film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Kalidor and Brigitte Nielsen as Red Sonja. Somewhat similar to Schwarzenegger's Conan, Red Sonja becomes the master of a sword and goes off an adventure to revenge the evil queen who murdered her family. Rodriguez explains to USA Today that he was "surprised when Rose brought me a script of Red Sonja that she liked. I found it very entertaining. Sonja was strong, smart, cunning — just about everything she'd have to be to survive." And given the current trend of 80's remakes and fantasy action (He-Man, Clash of the Titans), this sounds like the perfect fit for a big blockbuster 2010 release.
As for the combination of Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan on Red Sonja, USA Today gushes over how "perfect" they are for this film. Rodriguez boasts of her: "Rose is a pistol. She's whip-smart, has attitude to burn, is sexy, extremely strong, yet has a vulnerable side that would surprise her closest friends. That description also fits Red Sonja." And in turn, McGowan pretentiously responds, "I lean toward physicality. The story has characters trashed by life who fight their way back. That is my theme." As much as I'm not out to question the over-hyped personalities of celebrities, if these two can work together to make one hell of an entertaining film that I'll enjoy in the end anyway, then I'm all for it despite how they may act off screen.
Everyone seems to be focused on the Rodriguez and McGowan aspect of this production, but I'm much more concerned at the director - Douglas Aarniokoski. Highlander: Endgame?! Not only did it flop at the box office, but it's only got a rating of 4.3 on IMDb. I truly hope Rodriguez is going to whip this guy into shape and get him up to the same speed as himself, or else we're in for a terrible remake - no matter how hot McGowan may look in a mesh bikinki! In theory I want this to be good (as I want every movie to be good), but as confident as I am in Rodriguez, I'm really worried that this is going to end up being the first big flop of 2010. I hope Rodriguez, McGowan, and Aarniokoski all prove me wrong - but we have two years until that happens. Does this Red Sonja remake sound exciting to you?