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After Allegations of Misconduct & Rape, Bryan Singer's New Movie On Hold

Tuesday Feb 12, 2019

Following a bombshell report from The Atlantic where a number of people came forward to accuse director Bryan Singer of sexual misconduct and rape — accusations he strongly denies — the filmmaker's new project has been put on hold.

Initially, Millennium Films said it would move forward with Singer's "Red Sonja" film, despite the allegations and his firing from "Bohemian Rhapsody." But according to Ta new report from The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is putting a hold on the project.

Singer has not officially been removed from direct of "Red Sonja" but the film is no longer on the company's slate and it is not being shopped around at the European Film Market in Berlin, THR reports.

Despite The Atlantic report, where a number of new accusers claimed Singer raped them while they were underage, Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner said the article was "agenda driven taken news" and stated Singer would continue as director for the movie.

Later, however, the exec clarified his statement to THR, saying he doesn't "want to apologize" but that "I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously. I Just don't agree to judge by the Twitter. I want [the accused] to be judged by the court."

Singer also responded to the Atlantic exposé, calling it a "homophobic smear piece" that was "conveniently timed" to take advantage of the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody," which won a Golden Globe for Best Drama.

"It's sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity," said Singer. "Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention."

"Red Sonja" would have had a budget of $70 to $80 million and Singer would have gotten a $10 million check for his work, THR reports. The female-fronted story was supposed to begin shooting this spring in Bulgaria.

Despite the controversy and his firing from "Bohemian Rhapsody," it was reported Singer would stand to earn $40 million from the film, which became a massive hit and has earned over $840 million worldwide. The film is also up for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who played Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Nevertheless, GLAAD withdrew the film's nomination for Outstanding Film. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts also removed Singer's name from "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Additionally, Malek said working with Singer was "not pleasant" and also said he "was not aware" of the allegations against the director.


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