After Robert Rodriguez has been in talks to remake the campy, kitschy 1968 science fiction film Barbarella, it now looks like a remake will come not on the big screen, but rather as a TV series.
Deadline says Gaumont International Television will remake Barbarella as a TV series with Martha De Laurentiis, widow of original producer Dino De Laurentiis, producing the project. She’ll team up with Bronson and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn to bring Barbarella into homes across the country.
Nicolas Winding Refn calls the character of Barbarella, originally played by Jane Fonda at the peak of her powers, “one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters.” Gaumont International Television CEO Katie O’Connell, the company that will bring Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal series to TV, said of the upcoming Barbarella TV series…
“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.”
Dino and Martha De Laurentiis originally acquired the remake film rights to Barbarella in 2007 and Gaumont International will also be producing Refn’s next feature film, including Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling. Refn is also rumored to direct the remake of another kitschy science fiction film Logan’s Run. Between the two projects Refn has the sci-fi remake market locked down.
The big question is who would be cast to star as Barbarella in the TV series? Carey Mulligan (Drive) could be a possibility but she’s too busy making movies to be in a TV series. I think Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, United States of Tara) would be a perfect fit for Barbarella. She has the look, attitude and command of the small screen. She also wouldn’t be opposed to wearing silly costumes as she did as Princess Valhala Hawkwind on United States of Tara.