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Nicolas Winding Refn (of “Drive” fame) is producing, developing, and will eventually direct a TV series based on the character Barbarella, who began life as a French comic book by Jean-Claude Forest, before becoming really famous in the 1968 sci-fi movie starring Jane Fonda. Refn is teaming up with Gaumont International Television, the same folks behind NBC’s upcoming “Hannibal” TV series (based on the Hannibal The Cannibal character of “Silence of the Lambs” fame).
Refn called Barbarella “one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters.” Added [Gaumont International Television] CEO Katie O’Connell, “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.”
Martha De Laurentiis will produce the show after failing to get a big-screen remake of the character going since 2007, with Robert Rodriguez originally attached to direct. Rodriguez was working on the remake for a few years (one of his many, many ongoing projects that he never actually ended up doing), before finally ditching the character for good in mid-2009.
Refn is a pretty odd choice for “Barbarella”, but then again, the Dane director has always had a bit of an odd fixation with well-endowed women from popular culture. Remember his rather odd interest in “Wonder Woman”?
No word on when you can expect “Barbarella” to float onto the small screen.
Via : Deadline