Last year we reported that "Grindhouse" director Robert Rodriguez was in the works to fast-track a remake of the campy, 1968 sci-fi flop "Barbarella" before the writers strike hit.
However the news reported at the time by the NY Observer was that the film had been killed by Universal. Specifically, it was reported, because of Rodriguez' insistence on using his fiance Rose McGowan in the leading role.
But news is now coming out that the film may still be moving forward, with McGowan still in position as the title character.
In an exclusive interview with MTV's movie blog, McGowan says that reports of her getting the axe and the film's demise have been greatly exaggerated:
“[The news that I was out] was really irritating because I know all the people over there and obviously it wasn’t true. It was very malicious and there was no proof,” McGowan said of the rumors. “Oftentimes these things have basis in truth but this didn’t. I have contracts to prove it.”
In '68, director Roger Vadim cast his then-wife Jane Fonda as the lead, which has been credited with blasting Fonda into the sexy 60's A-list. Rodriguez apparently hopes to do for McGowan's career what Vadim did for Fonda's.
The original Barbarella wasnt much of a film. It was critically panned and mostly considered a psychedelic, softcore T&A flick. However since its re-release to video in 1977, the film has gradually become a cult hit, and as we have all seen countless times before, anything that is even remotely marketable or nostalgic is a prime target for "reimagining" in the present day world of the Hollywood machine. And since the original was a box-office flop, anything done now can only be considred gravy.
So despite the initial rumors started up last year, the film is apparently still underway, with most of the sets and costumes already built. The only hold up now appears to be the rest of the cast and the fact that now there is another strike looming - this time the Screen Actors Guild - that may impeed the progress of getting the film into the theaters any time soon.
Does McGowan possess the "gravitas" to support a film like this? Post your opinions and let us know.