Red Sonja Update: Simon West Directing, and Amber Heard Starring?

Oh, Red Sonja, will we ever see your red Sonja-ness grace our big screens again? If producer Avi Lerner has anything to say about it, you can bet your ass we will. According to the producer, “Red Sonja” is very much still alive, even without Rose McGowan, long attached to the reboot but now gone off to other things (including the lead in Victor Salva’s “Rosewood Lane”).

According to Lerner, with the “Conan” reboot almost done and in theaters later this year, he’s already looking forward to making “Red Sonja”, which according to the producer, should get made sometime between “Conan” and “Conan 2″. Of course, saying there will be a “Conan 2″ is a tad premature, and will almost certainly depend entirely on how the first remake does in theaters. (We have the film listed as one of our 10 most anticipated movies of 2011, so we’re definitely pulling for it.)

Meanwhile, besides letting slip that they’re planning a “Conan 2″, Lerner also revealed to Empire that they’ve already signed up a director for “Red Sonja”, and it’ll be Simon West, who most recently helm the Jason Statham-starrer “The Mechanic” remake, but is probably most famous for “Con Air”. Not just that, but according to Lerner, his favorite to play the titular Red Sonja is young Amber Heard (below), who just finished starring in the Lerner-produced “Drive Angry 3D” with Nicolas Cage.

So there you have it. “Red Sonja” is still alive, and Lerner and company plans to make it after the “Conan” reboot lands in theaters, with Simon West directing and possibly Amber Heard starring. Thoughts?