Family Room Entertainment’s Emmett/Furla Films has announced in conjunction with Millennium Films that they have acquired the rights to produce and distribute a feature film based on the Red Sonja property as well as the allied and ancillary rights. The picture will be produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla and Avi Lerner as well as executive produced by M. Dal Walton III, Luke Lieberman, Nick Barrucci, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Boaz Davidson. The property is currently out to writers and directors.
Based on a character by Sword and Sorcery legend Robert E Howard, Red Sonja was introduced into Marvel’s “Conan the Barbarian” comics in 1973, and was soon given her own title series. In the years that followed, Red Sonja became an iconic figure in the comic book and Fantasy genres.
In 2005 Dynamite Entertainment launched a new Red Sonja comic book series with great success. Red Sonja has consistently been the best selling mainstream independent comic book since its launch in July 2005. Featuring a stunning array of talent, the book launched with a “#0” issue — and sold in excess of 240,000 copies. Along with comics, other Red Sonja merchandise has been released including: trading cards, collectible statues, high-end lithographs and more.
Lerner stated: “I am thrilled to be producing ‘Red Sonya.’ Few other properties are as visually exciting and action-packed. Once again, Randy and George have found a winner.”
Emmett and Furla stated: “We have made it a priority of our company to acquire ‘branded properties’ and we believe that there are few properties out there which have as much untapped franchise potential as ‘Red Sonja,’ who is already a leader in both the comic book and fantasy genres.”
Luke Lieberman, vice-president of Red Sonja LLC, currently serves as editor on the Red Sonja comic series, as well as co-writing the best-selling Red Sonja Vs. Thulsa Doom series, with a sequel being developed for release later this year.
Source: Family Room Entertainment