You may have seen over the weekend that Deadline.com reported that Millennium Media will finance and produce a new Red Sonja movie. According to the article, the project is being fast-tracked to try to capitalize on what they see as an eagerness on the part of movie-goers for female heroes. They cite the success of Wonder Woman for this. Red Sonja previously appeared in the 1985 film Red Sonja starring Brigitte Nielson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The article also mentions that Red Sonja’s rights holder, Luke Lieberman, will be a producer on the movie. I always thought Dynamite owned the character outright, but maybe they just hold a license for comic books. So I’m not sure how much, if any, influence they would have on the film.
Although the two characters don’t have any real connection, I’ve always thought Red Sonja and Vampirella had a lot in common and probably had a lot of overlap in their fanbases. So naturally, I immediately started thinking about how viable a new Vampirella film could be. As you probably know, Talisa Soto starred as Vampirella in the 1996 movie Vampirella. Both it and the Red Sonja movie were bombs and critically panned. They’re both far from great, but I think they are both better than their reputation suggests. I think both characters could do well on the big screen if it’s done right. Unfortunately, I doubt that Vampirella would be done right if produced today. I think we would probably get something more akin to the comics we’ve seen lately. A movie that tries to neuter the character and shoe-horn it to fit some audience demographic that they want to reach. If that’s the case, then I’d rather not see it even attempted. If they stayed true to the blueprint laid out by the Warren creators and some of the modern Harris and Dynamite stuff, I think it could be a good film. Vampirella being the niche character that she is, I don’t think you’d ever see a blockbuster, but it could definitely be a respectable movie that would please fans of the character.
So if someone would have the guts to do it right, I would love to see it. If they’re too scared, let’s just skip it. It will be very interesting to see how Red Sonja is approached and how it turns out in the end. Who knows, maybe it could open the door for Vampirella.