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McGowan set for Sonja!

06.27.2008

Forget what you've heard about BARBARELLA - Robert Rodriguez and girlfriend Rose McGowan are instead teaming up for a remake of RED SONJA. USA Today reports that Rodriguez will produce a remake of the 1985 film with McGowan in the starring role. Says McGowan of the casting, "When they first came to me with it, I thought it was funny...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." Rodiguez doesn't quite agree and thinks she's a perfect fit for Sonja. "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." McGowan will dye her hair red for the role and begin an rigorous training regimen to get ready for the October start date. While Rodriguez will only be producing the film, his longtime associate Douglas Aarniokoski (who served as First AD on SPY KIDS, THE FACULTY and FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) will direct. The film is set for a 2010 release. You can read the entire article here at USA Today.

Extra Tidbit: Both McGowan and Rodriguez claim to have never seen the original film.
Source: USA Today

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1:42PM on 06/28/2008

At least he's not directing it...

I also don't believe Robert hasn't seen Red Sonya, with all the crap him and Quentin say they watch.

I can't even picture Rose as the She-Devil with a Sword without it coming off as comical. At least Bridgette Nielson was a ball-busting bitch, so she could pull it off somewhat.
I also don't believe Robert hasn't seen Red Sonya, with all the crap him and Quentin say they watch.

I can't even picture Rose as the She-Devil with a Sword without it coming off as comical. At least Bridgette Nielson was a ball-busting bitch, so she could pull it off somewhat.
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9:06AM on 06/28/2008
I used to idolize Robert... now, he's just a pandering whore, who can't make cheap, fun, original flicks anymore... or, so it seems with all the buzz lately. I can't wait til him and funny face break up, so he can do flicks without her.

Oh, and the original flick was horrible, and they're both full of shit when they say they haven't seen it.
I used to idolize Robert... now, he's just a pandering whore, who can't make cheap, fun, original flicks anymore... or, so it seems with all the buzz lately. I can't wait til him and funny face break up, so he can do flicks without her.

Oh, and the original flick was horrible, and they're both full of shit when they say they haven't seen it.
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4:46AM on 06/28/2008

Bad idea...

is she hot? Yeah, OK... Can she act? NO!!!!!!!!
is she hot? Yeah, OK... Can she act? NO!!!!!!!!
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2:27AM on 06/28/2008
First of, Zombie's wife is a decent actress, second off, what are all these projects tha fizzled out?? I know of ONE so far that fizzled and it probably is still in the works, just not for a while and that is Barbarella. Which "fizzled out projects with Rose attached" are you talking about? Besides that, HES PRODUCING not Directing. Good lord people. She's not that bad. No one would call her a "groupie bitch" if she dated lets say John Mayor and not Manson. Just because it was Manson people
First of, Zombie's wife is a decent actress, second off, what are all these projects tha fizzled out?? I know of ONE so far that fizzled and it probably is still in the works, just not for a while and that is Barbarella. Which "fizzled out projects with Rose attached" are you talking about? Besides that, HES PRODUCING not Directing. Good lord people. She's not that bad. No one would call her a "groupie bitch" if she dated lets say John Mayor and not Manson. Just because it was Manson people have it out for her. Get a fucking life and wait t judge when the trailer hits. Geesh.
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12:08AM on 06/28/2008

hmm

all im saying is that she's hott. tis all
all im saying is that she's hott. tis all
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6:40PM on 06/27/2008

Nooooooooooooooooooo

McGowan as Sonja ... please that would be a waste of time and money for the production companies, i hope they dont make it
McGowan as Sonja ... please that would be a waste of time and money for the production companies, i hope they dont make it
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6:31PM on 06/27/2008

Dump this broad

This Manson groupie is going to ruin his career faster then Madonna destroyed Guy Ritchie's. At least her acting isn't as bad as Kevin Smith's wife. Why can't more people have wives like Lauren Bacall?
This Manson groupie is going to ruin his career faster then Madonna destroyed Guy Ritchie's. At least her acting isn't as bad as Kevin Smith's wife. Why can't more people have wives like Lauren Bacall?
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5:47PM on 06/27/2008

"GO DO IT NOW"

THIS MOVIE MUST BE MADE RIGHT NOW!!! This could be great? rose is hot and perfect for the part! excelent director, they did awesome work with planet terror which in my opinion was the best film of the year!! this could be an "R" rated barbaric treat with mcgowan getting bloody again in a tight cossie!!! DO IT NOW!!! WHAT YOU WAITING FOR!!!
THIS MOVIE MUST BE MADE RIGHT NOW!!! This could be great? rose is hot and perfect for the part! excelent director, they did awesome work with planet terror which in my opinion was the best film of the year!! this could be an "R" rated barbaric treat with mcgowan getting bloody again in a tight cossie!!! DO IT NOW!!! WHAT YOU WAITING FOR!!!
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12:50PM on 06/27/2008

Boooooooo!

Red Sonja? Give me a break! Yet another waste of film by Rodriguez. The only reason anyone would go see this movie is to check out McGowan's little outfits.
Red Sonja? Give me a break! Yet another waste of film by Rodriguez. The only reason anyone would go see this movie is to check out McGowan's little outfits.
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12:37PM on 06/27/2008
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Exactly. The first Red Sonja movie was a piece of shit and had nothing to do with the comics. That is why Rodriguez didn't even want to see it in the first place. And this one will be close to the comics. I'm a huge fan of Dynamite Red Sonja comics and I hope the movie will rock!!!
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Exactly. The first Red Sonja movie was a piece of shit and had nothing to do with the comics. That is why Rodriguez didn't even want to see it in the first place. And this one will be close to the comics. I'm a huge fan of Dynamite Red Sonja comics and I hope the movie will rock!!!
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10:52AM on 06/27/2008

Bleh...

Sounds interesting, altough the actual-truly-original Red Sonja created by Robert E. Howard was not even close to be a "Barbarian babe". Let's say.... Do you remember Kate Beckinsale's character from Van Helsing? Well, that's it. However, I'd love to see a decent Red Sonja flick s the way we do already know, of course, the movie with Brigitte Nielsen, Governator and that brat from "Sidekicks" is one of my guilty pleasures. :)
Sounds interesting, altough the actual-truly-original Red Sonja created by Robert E. Howard was not even close to be a "Barbarian babe". Let's say.... Do you remember Kate Beckinsale's character from Van Helsing? Well, that's it. However, I'd love to see a decent Red Sonja flick s the way we do already know, of course, the movie with Brigitte Nielsen, Governator and that brat from "Sidekicks" is one of my guilty pleasures. :)
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10:44AM on 06/27/2008

Bleh...

Sounds interesting, altough the actual-truly-original Red Sonja created by Robert E. Howard was not even close to be a "Barbarian babe". Let's say.... Do you remember Kate Beckinsale's character from Van Helsing? Well, that's it. However, I'd love to see a decent Red Sonja flick s the way we do already know, of course, the movie with Brigitte Nielsen, Governator and that brat from "Sidekicks" is one of my guilty pleasures. :)
Sounds interesting, altough the actual-truly-original Red Sonja created by Robert E. Howard was not even close to be a "Barbarian babe". Let's say.... Do you remember Kate Beckinsale's character from Van Helsing? Well, that's it. However, I'd love to see a decent Red Sonja flick s the way we do already know, of course, the movie with Brigitte Nielsen, Governator and that brat from "Sidekicks" is one of my guilty pleasures. :)
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10:11AM on 06/27/2008
This doesn't even have to be an exact remake of the 1985 flick. There is a rich universe of great Sonja stories to tell. I own a great deal of Red Sonja comics and I enjoy them just as much as of all Conan's classic adventures. The story of the original Sonja film was pretty weak at best and I think it would be best for Rodriguez to take a close look at the wealth of Red Sonja comics that have been around for over 30 years. Too bad there will be no Conan in this, but this project has great
This doesn't even have to be an exact remake of the 1985 flick. There is a rich universe of great Sonja stories to tell. I own a great deal of Red Sonja comics and I enjoy them just as much as of all Conan's classic adventures. The story of the original Sonja film was pretty weak at best and I think it would be best for Rodriguez to take a close look at the wealth of Red Sonja comics that have been around for over 30 years. Too bad there will be no Conan in this, but this project has great potential. Anyone who is familar with the current wave of Sonja comics published by Dynamite Entertainment should feel a little excited for this project, its possible that Dynamite might get involved with the film as well.
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10:05AM on 06/27/2008
I agree with disposablepal. It seems like every project Rodriguez is attached to, that ultimately fizzles out before production begins, has McGowan attached to star. Rob Zombie is just as bad when it comes to his wife. "Oh look, a new Rob Zombie movie. Who's his wife playing in this one, I wonder?"

...that being said, considering the acting chops, or lack thereof, of the original sonja, I'm betting it wouldn't be too hard for anyone to improve on the original.
I agree with disposablepal. It seems like every project Rodriguez is attached to, that ultimately fizzles out before production begins, has McGowan attached to star. Rob Zombie is just as bad when it comes to his wife. "Oh look, a new Rob Zombie movie. Who's his wife playing in this one, I wonder?"

...that being said, considering the acting chops, or lack thereof, of the original sonja, I'm betting it wouldn't be too hard for anyone to improve on the original.
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9:08AM on 06/27/2008
If they HAD claimed to have seen the original, this box would be red.

As it stands I never finished watching the original, but found it the sort of hokey fantasy that would never effectively be revisited.

At least Barbarella is famous for being the part Jane Fonda took over other, more acclaimed roles like Bonnie Parker.
If they HAD claimed to have seen the original, this box would be red.

As it stands I never finished watching the original, but found it the sort of hokey fantasy that would never effectively be revisited.

At least Barbarella is famous for being the part Jane Fonda took over other, more acclaimed roles like Bonnie Parker.
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8:39AM on 06/27/2008
Hell to the no. I would never watch a another Red Sonja movie.
Hell to the no. I would never watch a another Red Sonja movie.
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8:28AM on 06/27/2008
So if they havent even seen the original, how do they know they want to remake it?

Mc Gowan is good for the role though, I just hope this movie doesnt suck! Will she have the Conan like character hanging out with her all the time?
So if they havent even seen the original, how do they know they want to remake it?

Mc Gowan is good for the role though, I just hope this movie doesnt suck! Will she have the Conan like character hanging out with her all the time?
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8:26AM on 06/27/2008

Yeah Baby!!!!

Yes, yes....YES!!!! Bring it on!!!!
Yes, yes....YES!!!! Bring it on!!!!
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7:55AM on 06/27/2008

wow...just wow

Before anyone starts complaining about how Mcgowan doesnt fit the build just remember that the original Red Sonja (Brigette Nielsen) wasnt exactly a body builder. That being said, i think Rodriguez may be a bit booty blinded, he's slowly turning into that guy that brings his girlfriend out with the guys and constantly says she's awesome and just like one of the guys, but everyone knows shes not. I dont dislike Mcgowan, and Rodriguez is one of my personal role models but he needs crawl out of
Before anyone starts complaining about how Mcgowan doesnt fit the build just remember that the original Red Sonja (Brigette Nielsen) wasnt exactly a body builder. That being said, i think Rodriguez may be a bit booty blinded, he's slowly turning into that guy that brings his girlfriend out with the guys and constantly says she's awesome and just like one of the guys, but everyone knows shes not. I dont dislike Mcgowan, and Rodriguez is one of my personal role models but he needs crawl out of the booty for some fresh air and think about some other projects, remakes wont cut it.
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