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Amazon takes on Barbarella TV series; search is on for a lead and showrunner

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The Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE) produced Barbarella TV series has found a home with Amazon Studios, which continues to push it's way into the streaming competition against venues like Netflix and Hulu. Based on the graphic novel by Jean-Claude Forest and the 1968 film adaptation starring Jane Fonda, the new series will be a contemporary take on the source material with a script by SKYFALL writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

The project has been in the works for the last few years, with Refn originally slated to direct a feature, but later stepping back and serving as executive producer instead. The Guamont production is currently looking for a lead actress to strap on the space boots and flimsy outer space wear, as well a showrunner to spearhead the series. The lead actress and the budget will be the biggest considerations for this show's success, I think. Casting will be crucial and I'm sure all the hot, young actresses of Hollywood are being looked at (Alexandra Daddario, perhaps?). The tone of the series, be it serious, campy, or cheeky(maybe all three?), is unclear, but I'm interested to see if this will be something "safe" a la Xena: The Warrior Princess or something more hardcore, like Starz Spartacus (with less blood, I'm sure).

Barbarella is currently in development.

Extra Tidbit: Who would YOU like to see play Barbarella?
Source: Deadline

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7:43PM on 01/21/2014
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5:33PM on 01/21/2014
First thing they need to do is cast an African American as Barbarellla, then make sure they make the whole show about the way gays are downtrodden by society. Then show that that anyone with religious beliefs are idiots and we should fear them. That way it will be just like every piece of sludge that is churned out and called entertainment these days. Hollywood is same as a bag of Cheetos. The same garbage stuffed in a shiny package, but really no different than anything else.
First thing they need to do is cast an African American as Barbarellla, then make sure they make the whole show about the way gays are downtrodden by society. Then show that that anyone with religious beliefs are idiots and we should fear them. That way it will be just like every piece of sludge that is churned out and called entertainment these days. Hollywood is same as a bag of Cheetos. The same garbage stuffed in a shiny package, but really no different than anything else.
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5:27PM on 01/21/2014
They should sign Margot Robbie right off the bat.
They should sign Margot Robbie right off the bat.
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3:54PM on 01/21/2014

Keep it cheesy and fun

I know the tendency these days is for dark and edgy, but I'd like to keep the campy fun of the 1968 movie. Cast an actress with a good sense of humour (and willingness to take her kit off occasionally) and keep it cheesy and fun. Oh, and put it on HBO or someplace off the regular cable networks so they can take more risks.
I know the tendency these days is for dark and edgy, but I'd like to keep the campy fun of the 1968 movie. Cast an actress with a good sense of humour (and willingness to take her kit off occasionally) and keep it cheesy and fun. Oh, and put it on HBO or someplace off the regular cable networks so they can take more risks.
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11:26AM on 01/21/2014
For sure Alexandra Daddario.
For sure Alexandra Daddario.
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4:04PM on 01/21/2014
While a decent suggestion. If you hadnt watched True Detective two days ago and been in utter awe during her twenty second scene, you would never have made that suggestion. You just spout so much random crap and suggest anything that is somehow recent or semi relevant without thinking whether or not it makes sense man.
While a decent suggestion. If you hadnt watched True Detective two days ago and been in utter awe during her twenty second scene, you would never have made that suggestion. You just spout so much random crap and suggest anything that is somehow recent or semi relevant without thinking whether or not it makes sense man.
9:02PM on 01/21/2014
I knew who she was before True Detective with her guest spot on Parenthood, The Percy Jackson films, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

So YOU'RE wrong about me spewing out "so much crap" that doesn't make sense. Grow up.
I knew who she was before True Detective with her guest spot on Parenthood, The Percy Jackson films, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

So YOU'RE wrong about me spewing out "so much crap" that doesn't make sense. Grow up.
11:53PM on 01/22/2014
How's imdb working out for you?
How's imdb working out for you?
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