Barbarella TV Series Gets Bond Writers

Barbarella (1968) Movie PosterBarbarella continues to beguile men (though I suspect mostly men of a certain age) four decades later, and two of them are apparently Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, writers of the last five Bond movies.

The duo got their first Bond gig with 1999’s “The World is Not Enough”, and continued along with the suave Brit spy right up to the most recent “Skyfall”, two Bond movies that couldn’t have been more different.

Gaumont International Television and producer Martha De Laurentiis have signed up the duo to pen and help develop a TV series based on Barbarella, the character made famous by Jane Fonda in the groovy ’60s. They will be working with “Drive’s” Nicolas Winding Refn, who is set to direct the pilot episode and produce the series.

Says Wade about working on the character:

Barbarella was always beguiling and transgressive and we are excited to reimagine her journey in the company of Mr Refn.

Adds Refn:

I’m certain that the combination of our creative forces will produce a show that is as enthralling as it is sexy.

It couldn’t possibly top the 1968 masterpiece by director Roger Vadim and starring Fonda, could it? I guess we shall see.

My guess is, it might all depend on who they get to play the title character, and how Refn approaches the subject matter. How do you do a Barbarella movie without making it campy? I guess you could change her wardrobe, but if you did that, is it still, you know, Barbarella?

Via : Screen Daily