'Red Sonja' Movie Will Wait Until After 'Conan,' Aiming For 2010 Start

Red SonjaWhen it comes to Robert H. Howard's creations, it's typically Conan that steals the headlines. In recent weeks, that's perfectly understandable -- after all, the new film just landed itself a director and potentially a lead actor. But aren't we forgetting a not-so-little red-headed someone?

Indeed, it's been nearly a year since the announcement of "Red Sonja," the Rose McGowan-starring, Robert Rodriguez-produced adaptation of the popular Howard creation. Still, other than early promotional posters, there hasn't been much information on the project, which is apparently due to a combination of Conan himself and an even greater threat -- the current economic climate.

"Because of certain issues and the economy, we had to change our plan a bit," executive producer Joe Gatta told Empire Magazine by way of The Geek Files. "It's frustrating because we thought we'd make the movie last year, before Conan."

Even last month, Gatta explained that Sonja was going to have to wait until after production on "Conan." As he explained to Empire: "I would say though the emphasis is on Conan [rather than Red Sonja]. It’s our crown jewel here at the company and that will be the leader. Red Sonja probably won’t happen until next year, as far as making it goes. So we want to launch Conan and reinvent the franchise."

According to Gatta, the current plan is to film "Red Sonja" in 2010, a full two years after the film's initial announcement at Comic-Con International. He also confirmed that the film will ignore the first "Red Sonja" movie entirely, focusing instead on a brand new origin story. Guess we can kiss our dreams of a Brigitte Nielsen cameo goodbye.

Are you disappointed that it's taken so long to get "Red Sonja" off the ground? How much longer do you think we'll have to wait?