Drive Director Brings “Barbarella” To TV

“Drive” and “Bronson” helmer Nicolas Winding Refn is set to direct and executive produce a TV series based on the classic French comic “Barbarella” says Variety.

Gaumont Intl. Television is behind the series with Martha De Laurentiis also serving as executive producer, but no scribe has yet been set. Jean-Claude Forest created the character who is best remembered through Roger Vadim’s 1968 film adaptation starring Jane Fonda.

In an official statement, Refn says “I look forward to bringing this unique character to life for a new generation of fans as I believe she is one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters.”

Refn’s hiring isn’t a huge surprise as Gaumont is producing two of the director’s next films including the upcoming “Only God Forgives”.