Michael J. Bassett, director, and screenwriter of Silent Hill 2 and Lioness, is suing the US Immigration Office to save the new Red Sonja comic book adaptation.
The lawsuit alleges that the government is unduly delaying a request to travel to Europe to film the film. Bassett claims the failure puts the $35 million project in jeopardy.
The complaint also emphasizes that the denial of the request “will undoubtedly result in serious financial loss” of at least one million dollars, making it impossible, if not virtually impossible, for the director to travel to Greece and Bulgaria for preparation and filming, and that less importantly, renders the film uninsurable and therefore dooms it before the actual work even begins.
Earlier it was reported that the pre-production of the new version of “Red Sonja” was supposed to begin in Bulgaria on March 28, and the main shooting was scheduled to begin on June 20, 2022.
The character Red Sonja debuted in the Marvel comic Conan the Barbarian in the early 70s. A new film adaptation has been in development for decades. In March, she faced another hurdle when Millennium Studios announced that Joey Soloway would no longer be directing the film, and Hannah John-Kamen, who had planned to play the titular role, dropped out of the project.