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Gaumont's Barbarella TV series coming to life with Skyfall writers; Nicolas Winding Refn will direct

Jan. 29, 2013by: Paul Shirey

True confession: I've never seen the 1968 BARBARELLA starring Jane Fonda. It's sitting in my Netflix queue like homework and perhaps I'll get to it one day, but it's just not high enough on my list of movie-watching priorities. I'm sure it's got some fun sci-fi nostalgia, but I'm in no rush. However, the news that SKYFALL writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are penning a new TV series of the property for Gaumont with DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn directing has me all sorts of interested.

Based on the character created by Jean-Claude Forest, BARBARELLA follows the exploits of a "young woman who travels from planet to planet and has numerous adventures, often involving sex (the aliens she meets often seduce her, and she also experiments with a 'machine excessive' or 'orgasmotron.'"

Hmmm. Maybe I should move this to the top of the list?

I'm more interested to see what (or why) Refn is doing this project as it seems so outside the realm of his gritty and brutal style, but he's certainly got the eye for it. I can see his style from VALHALLA RISING translating nicely into the sci-fi genre. No word on shooting dates or when the show would premiere. We'll update as it develops.

Refn's next film, the Ryan-Gosling led ONLY GOD FORGIVES is slated for release sometime in 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Are you a fan of the 1968 film? How does this news sway you?
Source: Deadline

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9:58PM on 01/29/2013
Barbarella is one of those movies that you can only appreciate if you're (a) a 15-year-old boy or (b) high on LSD.
Barbarella is one of those movies that you can only appreciate if you're (a) a 15-year-old boy or (b) high on LSD.
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4:32PM on 01/29/2013
That really did feel like a trailer for an old porno, right? It's not just me?
That really did feel like a trailer for an old porno, right? It's not just me?
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2:54PM on 01/29/2013
Yay, d****-tease sci fi!
Yay, d****-tease sci fi!
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2:53PM on 01/29/2013
Huh. Did not see that one coming.
Huh. Did not see that one coming.
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2:43PM on 01/29/2013
Yay, d****-tease sci fi!
Yay, d****-tease sci fi!
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2:32PM on 01/29/2013

After Drive...

Nicolas Winding Refn's attached to anything is must see. Can't wait for Only God Forgives.
Nicolas Winding Refn's attached to anything is must see. Can't wait for Only God Forgives.
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2:13PM on 01/29/2013
Purvis & Wade? Good luck with that. Maybe a talented writer will be brought in to help them, like on Skyfall.
Purvis & Wade? Good luck with that. Maybe a talented writer will be brought in to help them, like on Skyfall.
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1:24PM on 01/29/2013

Not sure why they would do this...

The 1968 movie has not aged well, IMHO; I saw it first in the mid 70s, and again maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I didn't make it through the movie the second time. It's a bit like a slightly kinkier version of the 1980 Flash Gordon movie - garish sets, sometime embarrassing "effects" and often stilted performances (even with some good talent on hand). I'd wager it was probably a blast in 1968 while toking it up at the art house, and Jane Fonda is very cute in those skimpy outfits.
The 1968 movie has not aged well, IMHO; I saw it first in the mid 70s, and again maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I didn't make it through the movie the second time. It's a bit like a slightly kinkier version of the 1980 Flash Gordon movie - garish sets, sometime embarrassing "effects" and often stilted performances (even with some good talent on hand). I'd wager it was probably a blast in 1968 while toking it up at the art house, and Jane Fonda is very cute in those skimpy outfits.
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1:20PM on 01/29/2013
At least watch the opening credits. Starts with a spacesuit strip show in zero gravity. Got my attention immediately
At least watch the opening credits. Starts with a spacesuit strip show in zero gravity. Got my attention immediately
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12:55PM on 01/29/2013
Nicolas Winding Refn's Barbarella.

Those might be my new four favorite names when put in that order.
Nicolas Winding Refn's Barbarella.

Those might be my new four favorite names when put in that order.
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