"Drive" Director To Bring Barbarella To The Small Screen


Fresh off of guiding Bryan Fuller's new series based on Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter books to a home at NBC, Gaumont International Television and producer Martha De Laurentiis are now gearing up to bring another memorable film character to the small screen.

Barbarella is a 1968 sci-fi film that stars Jane Fonda (at her absolute hottest) as a sexy siren that is tasked by the President Of Earth to stop an inventor's weapon from falling into the wrong hands and disrupting Earth's current state of peace. Or something like that. The film is really quite strange, and entire scenes seem to exist just to feature Fonda in increasing states of undress. Not that there is anything wrong with that. This was actually not the first appearance of Barbarella though, as the film was based on a French graphic novel by author Jean-Claude Forest.

Anyway, both the film and the character now sport a large cult following, and Gaumont figures that now is as good a time as any to bring Barbarella back. Legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis (husband to the aforementioned Martha) was actually working on a theatrical remake of the film in the late '00s, but the project was shelved when he died in 2010.

While no actors have been cast yet, we do know that Nicolas Winding Refn (director of well regarded films like Drive and Bronson) has signed on to both direct and executive produce the show. Refn is said to be a big fan of Barbarella, referring to her as "one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters".

Gaumont CEO Katie O'Connell also had this to say - "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."

Would you watch a Barbarella TV series? Who should be cast in the lead role?


- Martha De Laurentiis
- Dino De Laurentiis

Written by: msd85
Jun 20th, 2012, 1:37 pm


Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2012, 4:20 pm
The amount of Jane's skin actually shown was nothing by today's standards, it will have to be as racy as "Secret diary of a call girl" or at least "Episodes" style sexy/witty to raise an interest today. If this is going to be a US network production, it will be the usual US shit. Maybe HBO/Showtime/BBC with Billy Piper as Barbarella? And for those that have forgotten history, the great escalation of the Vietnam war was by LBJ, while young Bill Clinton went for a european communist get-together. Jane was a born free US citizen expressing her opinions. I do not agree with her politics, but at that time she was not bound in any way to any oath concerning her loyalty or conduct, as opposed to a former US presidential candidate, that said more or less the same things while in Vietnam as an officer of the US military, as opposed to other pows that died rather than capitulate under torture. Similar words were spoken by gentlemen our current president refered to as "mentors". In any event, the character Barbarella killed the Miasma by overloading the orgasmatron, which, insofar as any think tank has yet determined, had no impact on US policy in the far east then or since. And finally, no one cares about the 70's but old farts not in the networks target demographic.

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Message Posted On Jun 22nd, 2012, 2:00 am

About "entire scenes seem to exist just to feature Fonda in increasing states of undress. Not that there is anything wrong with that".

Correct me if I'm wrong but naked women are one of the important thing in the original material.

So it's not really strange that there was that kind of scenes in the old movie.


Message Posted On Jun 22nd, 2012, 1:40 am
Self-centered self-promoting unlike most other fake people called celebrities? If an average nobody went to Viet to support the enemy they'd be in jail for sedition. But why not get the whole bunch that lied about Vietnam back then. And the present bunch, like Colin Powell who lied in front of the UN? How about that stupid.
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Message Posted On Jun 21st, 2012, 10:21 pm
I think a Barbarella show would be entertaining. Otherwise I don't see the point (only the ignorance) of the first post. "Janey should be living her life out in a grass hut in Southeast Asia with all the men who died & suffered because of her." Did I miss something? I don't remember Jane Fonda starting the Vietnam War. Shouldn't you be blaming Truman for sending your troops there in the first place. You Yanks just have to have an enemy to hate! Something don't change (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea).

Message Posted On Jun 21st, 2012, 6:26 pm
What do Jane Fonda's politics have to do with a story about Barbarella?

Message Posted On Jun 20th, 2012, 5:55 pm
I'm still waiting for an apology from that left-wing, self centered, self promoting, waste of sperm. Why would you post a picture of a traitorous scum instead of all the countless others that are available? Why not show a copy of the original book or author?? Janey should be living her life out in a grass hut in Southeast Asia with all the men who died & suffered because of her. <spit>