Despite numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct way back to the ’90s, Bryan Singer still – somehow – contains a career. Seemingly undeterred by decades of highly-publicized accusations from the?X-Men franchise filmmaker, studios apparently remain desperate to partner with Singer, that is reportedly in talks to helm the long-gestating adaptation of?Red Sonja – because when you’d like to manufacture a film about an empowering female warrior in the #MeToo era, Bryan Singer, coming from all people, is your guy.
In what exactly is undoubtedly one of the most baffling development since Louis C.K. staged surprising comeback with the Comedy Cellar two weeks ago (that has a set that included bull crap about, I s-t take a look at, rape whistles), The Hollywood Reporter leads us this gem: Bryan Singer, a filmmaker who may have been accused by multiple men of sexual harassment and abuse throughout the last many years, is talks to direct an adaptation with the comic strip series?Red Sonja for Millennium.
Based over the Conan the Barbarian?spinoff,?Red Sonja concentrates on a new woman who watches like a band of mercenaries murders her entire family and burns down her home. After trying and neglecting to defend herself, Sonja is brutally raped via the leader of your group. Hearing her desperate plea to exact revenge,?the red goddess visits Sonja and transforms her into an exceptionally powerful warrior – but there’s a catch: Sonja can never have relations with a guy or she’ll lose her gifts.
As you will observe, the plot for?Red Sonja isn’t simply the form of story you need to see told with the outlook during a guy who stands accused of sexual misconduct in the event dating as far back as 1997, so when recently as December of 2017 when Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a?complaint through which he claimed that Singer sexually assaulted him in 2003 – when Sanchez-Guzman was 17 years. For his part, Singer has denied every allegation and possesses never been convicted at a sexual assault charge.
A 2014 Buzzfeed story,?published one week after?lawsuits were filed against Singer in Hawaii for sexually assaulting minors, detailed additional allegations up against the director’s Digital Entertainment Network co-founders – including Marc Collins-Rector, a licensed sex offender in prison for?committing?offenses which includes a minor. Multiple allegations against Singer name Collins-Rector, who had been famous for hosting wild parties at his mansion, where underage boys were often considered fixtures.
In one suit resistant to the DEN co-founders, filed in 2000 by Michael Egan (whose 2014 case against Singer was later dismissed), X-Men star Alexander Burton, and Mark Ryan, the claimants were awarded a multimillion-dollar default judgment when Collins-Rector didn’t respond.
After Sanchez-Guzman filed his suit against Singer during the past year, the filmmaker exited?Bohemian Rhapsody mid-production.?Although Singer claimed he parted ways with the Queen biopic to take care of an unwell relative, reports quickly emerged that painted an extremely different picture: Singer was behaving unprofessionally, was frequently absent from set, together been clashing with star Rami Malek. Some reports speculated that Singer was emotionally struggling while in the wake of assorted allegations of sexual assault against powerful men in Hollywood which range from Harvey Weinstein to Singer’s friend and occasional collaborator Kevin Spacey.
Despite being fired from?Bohemian Rhapsody?and substituted with Dexter Fletcher, Bryan Singer continues to be sole credited director over the Queen biopic, which happens to be – per?THR‘s latest report – a awards season contender. The report also notes that Singer, who vanished from social media (coupled with several reports on his past misconduct),?had been intimately interested in production on?Bohemian Rhapsody – he oversaw the ultimate editing process.
Perhaps the?only real repercussion Singer has faced has his name removed from the tv screen series Legion?and?The Gifted,?and even?the?USC School of Cinematic Arts Division of Cinema & Media Studies. In November of 2017, USC students petitioned to obtain Singer’s name pulled from the teachers of Cinematic Arts. Then, in December, USC released a press release proclaiming that Singer himself had requested that your school suspend using his name “until the allegations against him are resolved.”
As for those accusations, Millennium – the studio behind?Red Sonja – feels that “none of your allegations appear merit,” according to one insider who spoken with?THR. Well, whenever they say so.
At this rate, I fully expect for Harvey Weinstein to announce the launch of any new film distribution company in the next month.