It was strange that Millennium Films were sticking to their guns and defending Bryan Singer’s involvement as director for the upcoming “Red Sonja,” after all, the filmmaker was all but shunned by the industry amidst multiple sexual abuse allegations. However, it does appear like the studio has finally decided to give Singer the ax.
The Hollywood Reporter has a report stating that Singer is no longer involved with the film. Prior to today’s news, Millennium head Avi Lerner was a persistent defender of Singer’s, despite all of the allegations that were continuing to surface against the director. Lerner even went as far as releasing a statement in support of Singer, calling the backlash against his friend "agenda driven," adding that he knew the difference between "fake news and reality, and [that he was] very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise."
The problem is that, despite his avid defense, Lerner was not able to get a single domestic distributor to touch the project, let alone even negotiate with him unless Singer was a goner. Money talks.