New Scribe Hired For “Barbarella” Remake

After seemingly disappearing into a black hole, the “Barbarella” remake has suddenly re-appeared on the horizon.

Joe Gazzam has been tapped to pen a new version of the the screenplay centering on the character made famous by Jane Fonda in the 1968 original says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Jean-Claude Forest’s 60’s French comic, “Barbarella” centers on a female mercenary who roams the universe of a distant future, undertaking missions that require fearlessness, ingenuity and sensuality.

The remake will drop the 60’s camp with more of a focus on adventure. The sexuality will be kept in, but likely toned down somewhat.

Robert Rodriguez was attached to direct and Rose McGowan to star in the project back in early 2007 from a script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. However budget disputes between the filmmaker and then studio Universal Pictures led to the project falling apart.

Robert Luketic was first attached to direct back in June and remains set to do so, while original producer Dino De Laurentiis will serve in the same capacity on the remake.

No studio or distributor has yet been set and De Laurentiis won’t begin shopping it around until the script is set.