Nicolas Winding Refn Developing BARBARELLA TV Series

     June 20, 2012

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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.

Deadline says Refn will direct and executive produce the series (though it’s not clear if he’ll direct episodes beyond the pilot) with the widow Laurentiis also acting as an executive producer. It was her husband who produced the original film (which has had a remake in the works for years), and now she’s continuing the legacy on TV. In fact, it was the married couple who grabbed the rights for a remake back in 2007, but the project never got off the ground, and seems to have been even more stagnant since Dino’s death in 2010.

Gaumont International Television, the company behind the forthcoming Hannibal TV series , is behind the adaptation, and they’re also backing Refn’s upcoming two feature films, including Only God Forgives . It sounds like Refn really likes sci-fi of the past, and he even calls Barbarella one of the “ultimate counter-cultural characters.” The question is what leading lady has the goods, both in sexual appeal and acting prowess, to take the role. For me, the clear choice is Christina Hendricks. That would be just lovely.

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