Seems like we’ve been hearing about a "Barbarella" remake for quite a while now, but there finally seems to be some serious progress on the project: "Casino Royale" writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been hired to pen the screenplay for producer Dino de Laurentiis.
The producer signed a deal with the estate of author Jean-Claude Forest, so in addition to a new-fangled and ultra-modernized "Barbarella" adventure, we’ll also be offered new reprints of the original French comic book series. Apparently the producers are shooting for something slick and high-tech; not the campy loopiness of Roger Vadim‘s original film. (Then again, "Barbarella" was kinda high-tech for the late ’60s.)
Apparently the British writing team will deliver "a free, modern gal who survives in a futuristic world through her intelligence, fighting skills and sexuality." Hey, that sounds pretty great and all, but I bet that’s what producers had in mind when they made "Aeon Flux" and "Ultraviolet." And we all know how those ones turned out.
No word yet on who’ll be playing the title role, but I’m betting it won’t be Jane Fonda again.