By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Remember when Robert Rodriguez was contemplating directing Barbarella for Universal back in 2007? Well, both he and Universal Pictures are out, leaving the film open to some adjustments. Robert Luketic has come on to direct, though we don't have a studio just yet.
Barbarella Finds Life
Robert Rodriguez and Universal gave up on the project when the pair couldn't agree on a place to shoot. Seems like a small grievance, considering that Barbarella did have a working script from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and a lead star with Rose McGowan. With the remake now without support, Robert Luketic has stepped into direct and Joe Gazzam has been hired to write the screenplay centering on the character made famous by Jane Fonda back in 1968.
Barbarella centers on a female mercenary who roams the universe of a distant future, undertaking missions that require fearlessness, ingenuity and sensuality. The character debuted in 1962 in a French graphic magazine written and illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest and was known for her sexual escapades.
Luketic and Gazzam plan on taking all the elements that made Barbarella great, while tweaking some things here and there. For one, they don't want the remake to be campy. So we're talking classy seductions.