"Barbarella" made her debut in 1962 in a French graphic magazine written and illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest, and her adventures have been published around the world. The first film version, starring Jane Fonda produced by Dino De Laurentiis, was released in 1968. UPDATE: Looks as thou the film has switched gears - Gaumont International Television and producer Martha De Laurentiis are trying to get a Barbarella TV series started up soon. Gaumont International Television is already hard at work on the upcoming Hannibal TV series. The other talent involved is none other than Drive director Nicolas Refn.