All plans to proceed with production have halted.
Bryan Singer's new movie "Red Sonja" has been shelved.
The studio behind Singer's remake of the 1985 action-fantasy film, Millenium Films, said that "the project is not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale at the EFM in Berlin," according to Deadline.
The news comes in the wake of The Atlantic's recent exposé where four men claimed Singer had sex with them when they were underage. At the time of publication, attorneys for Singer told The Atlantic their article "rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits."
Singer's choice to direct "Red Sonja" has been under scrutiny as the film focuses on a sword-wielding heroine with a dark past including her sexual assault. Singer hasn't officially dropped from the project, however, the filming, which was slated to shoot later this year in Bulgaria, will no longer be happening.
Meanwhile, despite being axed from "Bohemian Rhapsody" near the end of filming, the controversy surrounding Singer has been an ongoing issue for the film throughout awards season. The biopic, however, has managed to be rather successful --- notably winning two Golden Globes and is up for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek.
According to 20th Century Fox, Singer was removed from the film due to his "unexpected availability." The Hollywood Reporter said Singer "went missing during production" on more than one occasion and clashed with the film's stars. He was then replaced by Dexter Fletcher shortly before the film wrapped. But Singer ultimately retained a director's credit because of DGA rules.
However, it looks like people are taking action. The 2019 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), which just aired on Sunday, removed Singer from contention in its Outstanding British Film Category because of the allegations. In addition, GLAAD pulled the biopic entirely from all categories.
Malek, who has not mentioned Singer in either his Globes or BAFTAs acceptance speeches, spoke about his experience working with Singer and the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding him earlier this month.
"My heart goes out to anyone who has to live through anything like what I've heard and what is out there," Malek told the audience at the Santa Barbara Arlington Theatre in a conversation moderated by The Hollywood Reporter. "It's awful, it's remarkable that this happens, I can appreciate so much what they've been through and how difficult this must be for them. In the light of the #MeToo era that this somehow seems to exist after that, it's a horrible thing."
"I've sat here and talked about how everyone deserves a voice and anyone who wants to talk about what happened with Bryan deserves to have their voice heard," he added. "In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all. And that's about what I can say about it at this point."
"For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired," Malek concluded. "Bryan Singer was fired, I don't think that was something anyone saw coming but I think that had to happen and it did."
TooFab has contacted representatives for Bryan Singer regarding Malek's statements.
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