After failing to get a “Barbarella” reboot made since 2007 (with Robert Rodriguez originally attached to direct), Martha De Laurentiis is now giving the small screen a shot. The producer has teamed up with Gaumont International Television to develop and produce a “Barbarella” TV series, with none other than “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn scheduled to co-produce and direct.
Refn called Barbarella “one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters.” Added GIT CEO Katie O’Connell, “We are thrilled to have secured the rights from the Forest estate and are thrilled to be pairing the bold visceral style of Nicolas Refn with the pop culture icon Barbarella.”
“Barbarella” started life as a comic book by Jean-Claude Forest, before Jane Fonda floated into space in the 1968 big-screen adaptation. And if you remember the movie for anything beyond a “in her prime” Jane Fonda running around the screen in very little clothing, good for you.
Refn is coming off the critically acclaim crime flick “Drive”. “Barbarella” is a pretty odd project for him, and makes me wonder if they’re going for a gritty take on the character here. I guess we’ll find out when the show gets up and running.
Via : Deadline