The long-gestating Red Sonja project has hit the rocks once more, with Hannah John-Kamen confirmed to have left the title role.

Red Sonja, the fearsome female warrior from the ages of Conan The Barbarian, is a reboot project that seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time to bring to the screen. For a dozen or so years now various attempts have been made to get the film off the ground, with creative talent such as Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Simon West, Megan Fox and Amber Heard all attached at various points.

Despite several attempts bringing the character back to the silver screen for the first time since Brigitte Nielsen’s 1985 outing , the project has never even seemed close to production. Last year however, Millennium Media seemed to have finally gotten its version into gear. Tasha Huo, who has also worked on Netflix’s upcoming animated Tomb Raider show, was scripting the latest incarnation of Red Sonja. Beloved comics scribe Gail Simone was said to be involved. The project gained a director, in the form of Joey Soloway and a lead, as Ant-Man And The Wasp‘s Hannah John Kamen came in to take the title role of the fearsome flame-haired warrior.

Once more though, problems have emerged. Whilst the reasons are as yet unclear, it has been confirmed that Hannah John-Kamen has left the project, with director Joey Soloway also departing. MJ Bassett, the director of Solomon Kane, another property based on a Robert E Howard character, has reportedly stepped in to helm the film which now finds itself without a lead.

The loss of Kamen, who was a standout element of the recent Resident Evil movie, is a blow, and it will be interesting to see whether the project recovers or falls once more into development hell. We’ll bring you more news on this one as we hear it.

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