Barbarella Still in the Works?


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.

7 comments:

Lee Doyle said...

Good. I thought she was really good! She was the first thing that made me look at the movie...

ameo said...

yup true just as lee doyle said .
she is a great actress
i may e considered as a fan

Regina said...

I like Rose from "Charmed" but the movie Barbarella was stupid and ridiculous. I don't even know why she would want to remake that garbage.

BoBo said...

That's a remake I would definitely want to see..especially with McGowan. Didn't like Fonda..but..it was still a campy, but cool flick!

Nicole said...

McGowan looks about 12 in that image....not appropriate, IMO. Barbarella was dumb in it's first incarnation..bleh on the remake. :)

Hypersonic said...

WTF!!!? Barbarella is a seminal 60s movie. Where the hell do you get off?!

The Judge said...

The 1968 review by the Daily Variety says this:

"Despite a certain amount of production dash and polish and a few silly-funny lines of dialog, Barbarella isn't very much of a film. Based on what has been called an adult comic strip [by Jean Claude Forest], the Dino De Laurentiis production is flawed with a cast that is not particularly adept at comedy, a flat script, and direction which can't get this beached whale afloat."

The Sci-Fi movie page says this:
"It is an extravagant exercise in bad taste and camp. While it tries to intentionally funny, some of the humour merely falls flat on its face. Also, despite its rather short running time, the film has some real slow-moving bits."

And Brokedown Cinema said this:

"It is an extravagant exercise in bad taste, an attempt to graf a female James Bond onto the daffiest episode of Star Trek while throwing in killer dolls, angels, and a torture machine that orgasms its victim to death."

That's where I get off.
The original film is stupid, when it tried to be funny. Its lame, when it tried to be sexy and even accounting for the trend of thinking anything from the 60's was cool, the film has aged terribly and has instead become something that has embarrassed Fonda for 30 years.

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