More bad news for Bryan Singer…
Last month, Avi Lerner, the producer of Singer’s next film Red Sonja, said the embattled director would not be fired from the project despite a string of fresh sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a damning exposé published by The Atlantic.
Lerner, co-founder of Mellennium Films, called the accusations “fake news” and claimed “the over $800 million Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen.”
In other words: Money trumps sexual abuse victims.
But apparently something has happened between then and now because according to The Hollywood Reporter, Millennium Films has since quietly removed Red Sonja from its slate.
Not only that, but the project isn’t being shopped in the European market either, which is a pretty clear signal that it’s been shelved, at least of the time being.
Following The Atlantic’s exposé, Singer released a statement calling it a “smear piece” written by a “a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997.”
“It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity,” Singer said. “And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”
Red Sonja was originally scheduled to begin shooting this spring, with a budget of $70-$80 million, with $10 million going to Singer.