Gaumont International Television


We’ve know that Nicolas Winding Refn (DriveBronson) is on board to reboot the Jean-Claude Forest created  fictional french space heroine Barbarella for quite some time. Really that is all we’ve known about the possible return of the sci-fi character made famous in the 68 sexplotation movie that stared Jane Fonda. Well, now we know more.

It looks like Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been tapped to write the TV adaption for Gaumont International Television. Wade and Purvis’ resume includes writing duties on not one but five James Bond movies, including the most recent Skyfall.

I have to say, this TV reboot is getting some impressive talent behind it already, which is interesting since I still question if the character is relevant now. It is 2013, she was created by Forest over 50 years ago, and hasn’t really been seen in the mainstream since the 1968 movie. It’ll be interesting to see how (if) this all plays out.

Fun Fact: The 80’s pop band Duran Duran actually named themselves after a character from Barbarella… who are also not relevant these days.

Source: Deadline

Barbarella, the fictional french space heroine created by Jean-Claude Forest and brought to the big screen by Jane Fonda in the 1968 may finally be making her return, this time on the small screen. As far back as the early 1970s there have been many attempts to reboot the scantily clad vixen’s adventures (most recently by directors like Robert Rodriguez and Robert Luketic,) yet still nothing materialized.

Until now, maybe. Deadline is reporting that Gaumont International Television are developing the property for TV with producer Martha De Laurentiis (daughter of Dino De Laurentiis producer of the original film) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive,Bronson), who will also direct.

Refn calls Barbarella ‘one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters‘, couple that with the his continued involvement with the long talked about Logan’s Run remake and it’s safe to say the Danish filmmaker has a love for that era of science fiction. It’ll be interesting to see how either of these remakes look, should they ever see the light of day.

My one question is how exactly are they planning to have this play on TV? Both the original comic strip and movie are very kitschy and kinky in nature and would have to be reeled in to play on network TV (as GIT is doing with their Hannibal series for NBC). Granted, Game of Thrones seems to be a bit dirty in parts, maybe it could have a home on cable? And while I am in a sea of questions, who would be a good choice as the titular character?


heh, I said titular.

Source: /Film