Exclusive: Red Sonja Update: Rose McGowan Out. Megan Fox In?
There's been a lot of intrigue surrounding the Robert Rodriquez-produced remake of Red Sonja, especially after its apparent lead, Rose McGowan, was cast in Conan the Barbarian, making the expected Red Sonja cameo in Conan all but impossible. This, of course, comes on the heels of a huge delay of Red Sonja, for reasons not entirely explained by Robert Rodriguez last month at SXSW. He told MTV:
"If I kept the project myself, we could've just made it, but it belonged to another company that had financing problems," said Rodriguez of what's been holding up Red Sonja. "They had to wait until they made a couple of other movies first," he explained. "They're actually waiting until they make the Conan movie before they do that - to see how that works for them."
That is probably all very true, but it's not the entire story, according to our insider source, The Hollywood Cog. The broader truth, it seems, is that the previous incarnation of the Red Sonja remake has been scrapped, as some have already speculated. Rose McGowan is off. In fact, it seems that director, Douglas Aarniokoski, is also off the project, and Millennium Films is searching for another writer, someone to take another pass at David N. White's script. But the project is far from dead.
The potentially bigger news, here, however, is that not only is Rose McGowan out, but right now, there's an offer out to another actress to take the role. That actress? Megan Fox.
Whether she takes the offer or not is still up in the air. Whether she should isn't. Given the story -- this version is an origins story about an innocent teenager who metamorphosizes into an unparalleled warrior -- Fox is more age-appropriate than McGowan, and let's be honest: Fox hasn't succeeded outside of Transformers, and she needs this sort of action-franchise -- that relies more on marketing than on talent -- to keep her career momentum going.
Why the new direction? That's for the rest of you to speculate upon, and hopefully for Rodriguez to answer at a later date.
Less importantly, this also makes the McGowan Red Sonja promotional movie posters completely moot: