Is there life after death for the much talked about Barbarella remake? Robert Rodriguez has been attached to the project for ages, along with actress Rose McGowan as the lead. That deal fell through when the director and the studio had several “creative differences” over the shoot for the project. According to Yahoo, veteran Italian filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis is giving the film a new lease on life.
The 90 year old producer is developing a Barbarella film that will take it into a new direction. Australian director Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is attached to helm, from a screenplay written by Joe Gazzam. According to the trade, “the new take on the iconic character will not be campy, though it will keep the sexuality; there will be seductions, but the focus will be on the adventure.” The original 1968 version is best known for making Jane Fonda an international sex symbol among fans. Here’s a brief history of the character and film.
“Barbarella” centers on a female mercenary who roams the universe of a distant future, undertaking missions that require fearlessness, ingenuity and sensuality. The character debuted in 1962 in a French graphic magazine written and illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest and was known for her sexual escapades.
Even though I thought Robert Rodriguez was a great choice to revive Barbarella, I’m kind of happy he didn’t. I think the fact that Rose McGowan was attached as the lead may have something to do with my relief. She starred in his Grindhouse movie, Planet Terror, and she’s set to star in his remake of Red Sonja. No offense, but give someone else a shot. Hopefully, this new direction that the Barbarella producers speak of will include an unknown actress for the character.
How do you feel about the new changes to the Barbarella remake?