It's been 33 years since sword-swinging comic book heroine Red Sonja last graced the big screen. A new movie based around the fan favourite has been stuck in development hell for quite some time, but there are indications that we might be inching closer to a second Red Sonja movie, with news that writer Ashley Edward Miller has been hired to have a crack at the script.
While loosely based on a character from Conan creator Robert E Howard, the Red Sonja we know was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith for Marvel Comics back in 1973, as an off-shoot of the Conan the Barbarian comic series.
However, the flame-haired She-Devil with a Sword soon became a hugely popular character in her own right, and 45 years after her introduction her comics (now published by Dynamite Entertainment) remain bestsellers.
Yet despite the character's popularity and obvious cinematic potential, which most fans would agree the 1985 movie didn't come close to fully realising, Red Sonja has only appeared in live action once in the years since: portrayed by Angelica Bridges in a 1998 episode of the largely forgotten Conan TV series.
If this latest attempt to reboot Red Sonja is the one that finally takes flight, it's going to come with a significant weight of fan expectation on its scantily-clad shoulders.