Red Sonja is headed to the big screen

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With the success of DC's Wonder Woman this summer, it seems like Hollywood has taken note. Millennium Media is producing a Red Sonja film. We'd previously heard that a possible Red Sonja TV series was in the works, but no news on that front.

Millennium's Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta will produce with Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. The project is moving quickly, and the next stage is to hire a writer. The character of Red Sonja was created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith based on a Robert E. Howard short story and has featured in many comics since. In the original comics, the sword-wielding heroine overcomes the death of her family and gains abilities that allow her to seek revenge. 

Lerner told Deadline “[they] have been waiting for the right time for this remake and with the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.”

Writer Gail Simone wrote a recent Red Sonja comic series and, when news broke about the film, tweeted her request to be involved.

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Wonder Woman marked a huge success for the DCEU and was the first female-led superhero film in the current batch of films. Marvel is currently working on a Captain Marvel film to be released in 2019. So will we finally see a flood of female superheroes on the big screen? Just call me when we finally get that Black Widow movie.

(via io9)