Fri Aug 7, 2009
By Borys Kit
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Barbarella" is getting a new
lease on life courtesy of producer Dino De Laurentiis.
The veteran Italian filmmaker, who turns 90 on Saturday, is
developing a remake of his original 1968 sci-fi movie, which
immortalized Jane Fonda as a sex symbol.
Australian filmmaker Robert Luketic ("The Ugly Truth") is attached to
direct from a screenplay to be written by Joe Gazzam.
Robert Rodriguez was previously involved with the project, when it
was set up at Universal in May 2007, with an eye to making it a
vehicle for his girlfriend Rose McGowan. But the studio and director
reportedly could not agree on where to shoot. After the parting of
ways, a new direction for "Barbarella" was sought.
"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. There also was a musical produced in 2004.
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 project is not set up at any studio, though De Laurentiis and his
wife Martha plan on shopping it when the script is in shape. Gazzam
wrote a movie version of "21 Jump Street."