The long-gestating attempt to bring the sci-fi cult classic film 'Barbarella' to TV looks like it's finally happening, thanks to Amazon Studios. Deadline has learned that the studio is backing the project, with plans of setting it up via its online streaming service.
The original 1968 film, about a sexy space cadet of some sort who's tasked to retrieve an evil weapons inventor, was based on a character featured in a graphic novel by Jean Claude Forest. The movie was fairly campy, featuring star Jane Fonda in skimpy, sequin bodysuits and bouffant hair, but the TV project seems to want to take it to a more serious level, since the pilot script was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the duo behind James Bond's 'Skyfall.'
The movie was a box-office failure, but gained popularity with its re-release in 1977 and, well, there's no denying Fonda's look is pretty popular with some people, too. There's no word on casting yet with the TV project, but Nicolas Refn (who had been attached to direct), and Martha De Laurentiis, whose late husband Dino produced the 1968 movie, are executive producing.
Amazon certainly looks to be giving Netflix a run for its money. The streaming service currently has five comedies and dramas in the works, following the launch of its first original television series, 'Alpha House,' and 'Beta.'