Nothing is guaranteed in this world unless you are a powerful white man who stands to make millions of dollars. This seems to be the message Millennium Films is sending by announcing today that Bryan Singer will keep his job as the director of the upcoming Red Sonja, even after an extremely detailed expose by The Atlantic covering decades of alleged sexual abuse and misconduct by the filmmaker.
In a statement, Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner defended the decision, saying “The over $800 million Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen. I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise.”
It is probably worth noting that Lerner and Millennium Films were sued in 2017 in a suit alleging sexual harassment and gender bias. Not only that, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews testified before the Senate last year that Lerner had threatened “troubles” for Crews’s career if he continued to speak up about his reported assault by producer Adam Venit.
Red Sonja has been in the works with multiple potential filmmakers for a while now. It is based on a Marvel character whose origin story includes sexual assault.