Robert Rodriguez to Direct the "Barbarella" Remake
Universal wants the movie ready for release some time in 2008, so it looks like Mr. Rodriguez will have to get moving pretty quickly on this project. He'll be collaborating with "Casino Royale" screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to modernize the classic French comic book character.
Jean-Claude Forest's comic was adapted into a 1968 Roger Vadim film that starred a very young and very adorable Jane Fonda. No word yet on who'll be playing the title character this time around, but R.R. is known for his taste in leading ladies, so let's just wait and see. (For a while there, it looked like the gig belonged to director Peter Webber, but it seems like it's all Rob's now.)
"I love this iconic character and all that she represents, and I'm truly excited by the challenge of inviting a new audience into her universe," is what Rodriguez had to say. De Laurentiis echoes the sentiments: "In our vision, the future is female, and I can't wait to introduce 'Barbarella' to a new generation of moviegoers."