What the hell is goin' on now with these two? USA Today
is now reporting that "Grindhouse: Planet Terror
" director and star and real life couple, Robert Rodriguez
and Rose McGowan
, are now interested in doing a remake of "Red Sonja
," the poorly received 1985 fantasy film starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hey! What the hell happened to their remake of "Barbarella?" Here's the story.
Red Sonja is back.
And Robert Rodriguez has her.
The Grindhouse co-director will produce a new big-screen adventure featuring the flame-haired comic-book vixen. While Brigitte Nielsen wielded Sonja's sword in the poorly received 1985 version, Rodriguez's Planet Terror zombie slayer and real-life leading lady, Rose McGowan, will wiggle into the metal mesh bikini in the 2010 release.
"I was surprised when Rose brought me a script of Red Sonja that she liked," Rodriguez says from his home base of Austin, where he is shooting Shorts, a family film with James Spader and Jon Cryer. "I found it very entertaining. Sonja was strong, smart, cunning — just about everything she'd have to be to survive."
McGowan's initial impulse when offered the part? To laugh.
"When they first came to me with it, I thought it was funny," says the actress, 34. "I do have a body made for sitting on a veranda with mint juleps and a parasol. I don't know why I always have to save the planet."
Rodriguez considers her a perfect fit as the mighty, and mighty voluptuous, avenger. "Rose is a pistol. She's whip-smart, has attitude to burn, is sexy, extremely strong, yet has a vulnerable side that would surprise her closest friends. That description also fits Red Sonja."
Not that his star isn't committed to the whole barbarian babe concept, including the crimson locks. "I do have a very scrappy-do personality," says McGowan, who will undergo intense training before filming starts in October. "I lean toward physicality. The story has characters trashed by life who fight their way back. That is my theme."
Unlike her one-legged Planet Terror heroine, she assures, "I need all my limbs for this."
McGowan and Rodriguez have not seen Nielsen in the original, and they have no plans to catch up. As the actress explains, "Why put that in my head?"
Instead, the origin story, to be directed by longtime Rodriguez associate Douglas Aarniokoski, will take its cues from the comic books as well as works by pulp novelist Robert E. Howard, father of the original Sonja (then spelled Sonya) and Conan the Barbarian (also undergoing a movie revival).
"Howard's goal was always, first and foremost, to spin a good yarn and to entertain," says Rodriguez, who is hoping his Red Sonja turns into a franchise. "That's our goal."
I wonder if Robert and Rose keep a fish bowl of remake ideas under their bed just in case they need to bust it out whenever one bad remake idea starring Rose falls through? Robert, stop wasting the studios money and make another f**king Sin City movie already dude and throw Rose in that for crying out loud. Stop thinking with the little head and start thinking with the big one.
Too bad I just can't see Rose McGowan pulling off this role. If you ask me I'd rather see actress Rachel Nichols
in the role. Hell... she's already playing another famous fictional red head. Why not Red Sonja? But...what the hell do I know?
Oh wait...I'm a robot. I know plenty.
Source: USA Today