Rose McGowan as Red Sonja

The current Hollywood trend of producing re-makes has brought some truly awful moments in cinema (see Death Race as an example) however some movies – even in the super hero genre , have been half decent – see ‘The Dark Knight’.

Hot on the heels of major disappointment ‘Watchmen’ will be ‘Red Sonja’.
This movie is based on Marvel’s comic book heroine and stars Rose McGowan as the red haired Barbarian. Its produced by Robert Rodriguez – unfortunately not directed by him, but by the director of ‘Highlander: Endgame’ Douglas Aarniokoski.

For those that don’t know there was a movie of Red Sonja produced in 1985 which starred Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen in the lead along side Arnold Schwarzenegger – this was a typical 80s flick along the lines of Schwarzenegger’s Conan performances.

The plot for the ‘new’ movies is as follows;

In her return we find Red Sonja, a young girl risen from the ashes of tragedy to become the most feared woman warrior of all time. The mythical red-head blindly seeks vengeance on those who destroyed her family. In her path of destruction she discovers a larger purpose for her unearthly powers: to save all Hyrkania from the villainous Kulan Gath.

rose-mcgowan-bathRodriguez and McGowan were going to re-make 60’s Classic Barbarella but the project was cancelled. According to an unnamed source for The New York Observer, “It’s sort of embarrassing for everyone involved. … No one thinks Rose can carry the movie, but Robert won’t listen.” The paper adds that producer Dino De Laurentiis “wants to back Robert and his vision. But Robert’s vision is blurred by Rose.” The studio reportedly wants a bigger name star such as Halle Berry or Jessica Alba.

Rodriguez disputes this claim, saying they were “blown over” by McGowan’s audition and citing the project’s ballooning budget as the reason for Universal’s pullout. “Universal had initially signed on for $60 million,” Rodriguez explained, “but then when we were done with the script it wound up at closer to $82 million, and they had just financed a Will Ferrell movie [Land of the Lost] that was a $130 million and they even cut that down to $100 million.”

McGowan of course starred in both Rodriquez and Tarantino’s  Grindhouse movies.

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