Variety reports that producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis have completed a rights deal that will allow them to reinvent Barbarella, and the producers have set Casino Royale screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to pen the script.
The original 1968 Roger Vadim-directed fantasy was produced by De Laurentiis, who wrote the check to secure Purvis and Wade.
De Laurentiis recently completed a film rights acquisition deal with Julien Forest, the son of Jean-Claude Forest, author of the French comic book series on which the film was based. The deal, made with Hollywood Comics principal Jean-Marc Lofficier and French agent Laurie Roy, calls for the reissue of the first two Barbarella books in concert with the feature, along with the publication of material that previously hadn’t been translated into English.
“Barbarella is the ultimate science-fiction adventure heroine: smart, strong funny and sexy,” De Laurentiis said. “I’m excited to reintroduce Barbarella to a new generation of moviegoers.”
In the original film, Jane Fonda played the title character as a kittenish sexpot. In the remake, the writers will make Barbarella a free, modern gal who survives in a futuristic world through her intelligence, fighting skills and sexuality.
The Casino Royale writers just turned in their draft for the 22nd installment of the Bond franchise and will make Barbarella their next project.