Now Who Shall Deliver Red Sonja and Barbarella Remakes to the Masses?

The New York Post’s Page Six site is reporting that Robert Rodriguez and fiancee Rose McGowan have split up, barely two years after entering a torrid affair while the two were making “Grindhouse” in 2006. Of course, we are talking about Page Six here, not Variety or The Hollywood Reporter, so take it as gossip and nothing more. In Hollywood, “splitting up” doesn’t mean what it means in the real world; these people have affairs the way some of us eat cheesecake — we can’t resist it when it’s presented right in front of our faces, even though we know we should, then later on, we come to regret it, and go back to salads. Or something like that. I was never good at analogies.

Here’s Page Six‘s gossipy column on the supposed split:

But sources say the couple, who we reported last October were engaged, have split, partly over the problems Rodriguez had finding financing for “Barbarella” – the 1968 cult classic in which Jane Fonda played a sexy space adven- turess – with McGowan in the title role.

McGowan, best known for her witchy role on TV’s “Charmed,” wasn’t thought to have enough box-office draw for the $70 million remake, especially after “Grindhouse” disappointed with about $25.4 million in domestic ticket sales.

“Too bad ‘Grindhouse’ didn’t gross $100 million. Then, maybe, ‘Barbarella’ would have gotten the green light,” said one source. “Instead, the moguls were saying, ‘We need a bigger star, a bigger name.’ ” Jessica Alba has been touted as a possible replacement.

Rodriguez – who directed the “Spy Kids” movies as well as “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Sin City” – was wed for 16 years to, and had five kids with, Elizabeth Avellan before he directed McGowan in “Grindhouse.”

It’s funny, I once bought a brand new copy of Robert Rodriguez’s “Rebel Without a Crew”, his how-to take on breaking into the film industry on a zero budget, and throughout the book he was always so grateful for his wife’s constant support, emotionally, physically, and financially. There were times when his wife had to work multiple shifts to support him and the kids, while he struggled to make his movies and get noticed. Then, he gets famous, dumps her and the five kids, and shacks up with a pale actress, and spends the next 2 years trying to make her an international action star. Only no one was buying. So you gotta wonder — who dumped who here?

(If this story turns out true, I mean. This is Page Six, after all…)

So what have we learned here, kids? Never, ever dump your wife and five kids for a chick who used to date Marilyn Manson. Seriously, you gotta know, right?

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