It was first announced way back in June last year the Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was to adapt a TV series of the classic 60’s sexploitation flick, Barbarella, and things have been quiet ever since. However, this week brought our first bit of good news on the series, and proves that it is most definitely still happening!
Deadline reports that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have come onboard to write the series, and considering their resume, this is very good news. The pair have worked together on five James Bond film, including Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough, so this puts the Barbarella series in good hands.
Naturally, the fact that Refn is directing the series is reason in itself to be very excited about this one, and not only will he be directing, but also executive producing the TV series for Gaumont International along with producer Martha De Laurentiis. Julien Forest & Jean-Marc Lofficier are co-executive producers.
Refn intends to bring the series to the screen with the help of Martha De Laurentiis, wife of the late Dino De Laurentiis who produced the original 1968 version. It was Laurentiis and his wife who bought the rights to the original film in 2007 and intended to get a remake made. Sadly it never happened, and it was in 2010 when Dino De Laurentiis passed away. His wife now has the chance to continue his legacy and will serve as executive producer alongside Refn.
Gaumont International Television, the company behind the upcoming Hannibal TV series, is behind the Barbarella adaptation. There is no word yet on story, or who will actually play Barbarella, however we will keep you posted.