Nicolas Winding Refn is alread reaching back in the history of cinema for a future project with a remake of Logan’s Run in the works with Ryan Gosling attached to star. But now it sounds like the director is reaching further back into the past for a new project, this time for the small screen. Refn is currently working with Martha De Laurentiis, wife of the late great producer Dino De Laurentiis, to turn the classic 1968 sci-fi movie Barbarella starring Jane Fonda into a TV series. The film itself was based on a graphic novel by Jean-Claude Forest and followed a sultry vixen tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand, an evil weapon inventor. So how exactly will the director of Drive be involved? Hit the jump to find out.
Having spent plenty of time in the company of death, though albeit on a slightly more whimsical and comedic scale, Bryan Fuller seems like the right choice to bring everyone’s favorite cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter to the small screen. That’s why it’s good to hear news from Deadline that Fuller has written and will be executive producing (with Martha De Laurentiis) a new TV series for NBC simply called Hannibal which just got picked up for a script development deal against a 13-episode commitment from the network. What does that mean? Well if the network likes the initial script, there won’t be any need to shoot a pilot and wait for approval since the project will go straight to series if Fuller’s first script is good enough. Taking cues from one of the most iconic lines in cinema history, Fuller’s TV take on the iconic killer is said to dive into the dark, sick side of Hannibal who loves to feast on his victims, but that’s all we know for now. The question is who has the screen presence to fill the shoes that fit Anthony Hopkins so perfectly.