Fresh off Bohemian Rhapsody and new charges of sexual misconduct, director Bryan Singer has found himself ousted from the reboot of Red Sonja. The news comes a month after Millennium Films quietly removed the film from their production slate.
Now The Hollywood Reporter reports that Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner finally had to dismiss him after no American distributor would offer to release the film with Singer attached to direct. Lerner had previously defended the decision to hire Singer despite a recent exposé in The Atlantic which leveled new charges of misconduct against him.
“I continue to be in development for Red Sonja and Bryan Singer continues to be attached. The over $800 million Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is a testament to [Singer’s] remarkable vision and acumen,” Lerner said earlier this year. “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.”
Not long after Lerner’s comments, Millennium Films announced the project was on hold, though Singer remained attached. Now it appears Lerner and Millennium have rethought their strategy, and Singer will have to wait for another opportunity to stage a comeback.
Though Bohemian Rhapsody was met with great box office success, parent company Fox fired the director during production due to a series of absences from filming and on-set conflicts with star Rami Malek. Singer has long been the subject of rumor, innuendo and accusations regarding sexual misconduct with minors.