Barbarella Remake Has A New Director?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:39 am,

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We reported last month that Robert Rodriguez’s remake of Barbarella was dead. The reason, stated by Rodriguez himself, was that the German company that was putting up the whopping $70 million for the movie wanted him to shoot the film in Germany, which meant him spending a long time away from his kids. Rodriguez said he just couldn’t do that, and decided to move onto other things.

However, those who still want a Barbarella remake, even without Rodriguez at the helm, need not fret: It looks like a new director is being eyed for the project.

Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, 21) is reportedly working with producer Dino De Laurentiis’ company (who owns the rights to the original property) to develop Barbarella at a studio other than the German one Rodriguez turned down, with Luketic in the director’s chair.

Details about the project are being kept firmly under wraps, including who’s going to fill Jane Fonda’s Barbarella boots. Rodriguez’s one-time girlfriend, Rose McGowan, was originally set to star in the titular role of Barbarella, but lost the gig when she broke up with Rodriguez (he left his wife of over 10 years for her). Will she be back in the running to play Barbarella, now that her ex-boyfriend is out of the picture? I’d say it’s entirely possible.

We do have a tagline that states the Barbarella remake will be, “a big intergalactic adventure with a sexy twist.” Although that’s certainly appealing, it doesn’t really give us insight as to what shape the remake may take; it’s basically a summation of the original movie.

barbarella Barbarella Remake Has A New Director?

Although the idea of Barbarella is definitely one that has potential  (the original is widely viewed as a sci-fi cult classic of sorts), I don’t really know what a 21st century version would look like. Undoubtedly it would be worlds away from “real life” as we know it, but I just don’t know if the type of cheesy, “exotic” sci-fi movie that it was originally can be translated into this day and age.

If anyone could have made Barbarella work, I think it would have been Rodriguez, since he’s shown with his Grindhouse horror-comedy Planet Terror that he has a passion for cult-classic movies like Barbarella. Is it just me or does Luketic not seem at all like the right fit for the project? I mean, he has flair for making a movie fun (Legally Blonde is one of my guilty pleasures, I admit, and 21 was entertaining enough), but I can’t really see the incentive in getting him to do a Barbarella remake.

What do you think of the Barbarella remake pushing forward without Robert Rodriguez? Do you think Robert Luketic is the right guy to direct?

Source: EW

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  1. The only reason I would want to see this is just to see Rose McGowan in that outfit. I really don’t know about the choice of director.

  2. I wonder what Megan Fox’s thoughts are on the character of Barbarella :)

  3. Haha, Manowar. Zing!

    Wait a minute… Megan Fox…tight silver/black leather… knee-length boots… space…sci-fi weapons….

    The down side is? :P …..

    • Megan Fox is a knock out granted. But she doesn’t do promotional tours well, even in the United States. ‘Barbarella’ has to be more than outfits and CGI… I’m hoping this show will do practical effects and avante-garde video sexy. Do what John Barrowman did for Doctor Who and Torchwood. Man with the Golden Gun meets LEXX? Smart, strong,sexy with spicyi adventure.

  4. The only reason I was interested in this project was because of Rodriguez. Without him, I really don’t care, especially if this Luketic guy is behind the film. For all I know he could be perfect for this kind of movie, but as it stands now, I’ve seen nothing that he’s done that makes this any where near as exciting as it would have been if Rodriquez was still involved.

  5. Robert Rodriguez was the perfect director for this remake, one that I actually looked forward to (I generally dislike remakes). There’s plenty of young actresses out there that could do the role, but the director is more important in this case. This Lunatic guy or whatever, he’s an inexperienced comedy director whom I dont think will remake Barbarella with the attitude it/she deserves.

  6. Barbarella was a 60′s drugged up mindbender of a movie. People like myself that adore the original will almost certainly hate the remake. I think the movie will be a commercial failure.

  7. The best director for a Barbarella remake would be thoroughgoing fan of Jean-Claude Forest’s original comic strip. Roger Vadim’s movie didn’t come close to doing the comic strip justice. If the remake comes closer to Forest’s comic strip, then it’ll be one of the few cinematic remakes that improve upon the original.

    I never liked the idea of Rose McGowan playing Barbarella to begin with. I thought the idea that she should be given the role smacked of an internal politics which I suspect is the real reason Robert Rodriguez left the project. I think Rose McGowan is much more suited to the role of the Black Queen/Great Tyrant, and I hope that’s how McGowan is cast.

  8. tommorow I launch the campaign for Hilary SWANK
    SHE IS barbarella

  9. i absolutely agree! barbarella is a campy, phsychadelic 60s movie! she had shag carpeting in her spaceship, for gods sake! it doesnt get any more 60s than that! plus, JANE FONDA is barbarella! im sick to death of hollywood remaking classics and butchering them!

  10. DREW BARRY MORE SHOULD PLAY BARBARELLA! I love Rose McGowan but not for this.

  11. DREW BARRY MORE SHOULD PLAY BARBARELLA! I love Rose McGowan but not for this.

  12. Some people suggested Iveta Vodakova play Barbarella! I couldn’t agree more, she’s perfect for it. You need someone that’s drop dead pass out stunning and since Jane Fonda set such a high standard you really need to go for someone like Iveta, none of the current Hollywood actresses are in that same league

  13. This ain’t Shakespeare. It’s sexy woman in outer space… for nostalgia it would be the psychedelic meets the space age. There is so much more for these characters, the stories should fit like hand on glove with the settings…the modern ‘Barbarella’ part Buffy part Boba Fett.

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