It’s not exactly a classic comic in that it ponders the meaning of life and death….but Jean Claude Forest’s BARBARELLA is still one of those iconic Franco-Belgian titles that brings a smile to the face. If the Mad Men-era politics of the original strip won’t do it, young Jane Fonda as the original movie version is guaranteed to do the same.
And you can’t keep a good space explorer down as this incredibly vague story reveals, DRIVE’s Nicolas Winding Refn is going to “bring” Barbarella to TV…whether for a series in France or internationally isn’t spelled out. Nor is “bring” explained…directing, producing? Who knows. It says he’ll “helm” the series but…isn’t that a lot of work for a guy who has two other movies to direct?
“I’m excited for the opportunity to re-invent ‘Barbarella’ with my friends at Gaumont and Martha DeLaurentiis,” said Refn. “And I look forward to bringing this unique character to life for a new generation of fans as I believe she is one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters.”
Anyway Refn = good. Barbarella = good.
Julien Forest and Jean-Marc Lofficier will co-exec produce. We have Lofficier on speed email so perhaps he’ll explain more.