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"Barbarella" (1968) ist ein SF/Fantasy-Klassiker, der den Geist der frühen amerikanischen Comicstrips wieder aufgreift und ist durch die gleiche Kühnheit und Originalität, die gleiche Mischung aus Fantasie, Humor, Schönheit und Schrecken, Grausamkeit und Erotik gekennzeichnet, die die Comics so populär machten...

Der Planet Lythion im Jahr 40000...
Barbarella (Jane Fonda, u.a. "Cat Ballou"), vom Präsidenten der Erde auf unbekannte Planeten geschickt, um einem Wissenschaftler eine Geheimwaffe abzujagen, ist auf Lythion zur Notlandung gezwungen. Sie agiert wie ein weiblicher James Bond und überwältigt das Böse in Form von Robotern und Monstern mit Hilfe des Engels Pygar. Zugleich belohnt sie völlig ungehemmt die gutaussehenden Männer, die ihr bei allen Abenteuern zur Seite stehen...

Sieht leider danach aus, als wäre Robert Rodriguez' "Barbarella"-Remake gestorben, dafür scheint Robert Luketic (u.a. "Legally Blonde") Interesse an einer Neuverfilmung zu haben...


[07.08.2009] meldet...
"Barbarella" is getting a new lease on life.
Joe Gazzam has been tapped to write the screenplay centering on the character that was immortalized by Jane Fonda in the 1968 original.
Robert Luketic is attached to direct the sci-fi action-adventure, with original producer Dino De Laurentiis on board to produce the update along with his wife, Martha De Laurentiis.
Robert Rodriguez came on the project, which was then set up at Universal, in May 2007 with an eye to making it a vehicle for Rose McGowan. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the script, but the studio and director reportedly could not agree on where to shoot. After the parting of ways, a new direction for "Barbarella" was sought.
"Barbarella" centers on a female mercenary who roams the universe of a distant future, undertaking missions that require fearlessness, ingenuity and sensuality. The character debuted in 1962 in a French graphic magazine written and illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest and was known for her sexual escapades. There also was a musical produced in 2004.
The new take on the iconic character will not be campy, though it will keep the sexuality; there will be seductions, but the focus will be on the adventure.
The project is not set up at any studio, though De Laurentiis duo plans on shopping it when the script is in shape. Lorenzo De Maio is overseeing. [...]

[03.06.2009] Wie meldet, ist das "Barbarella"-Remake in neuen Händen...
Barbarella is one tough chick to keep down. Last week, hopes for a remake of the 1968 erotic sci-fi classic seemed to vanish like, um, Jane Fonda's space suit in the original film's sexy opening credits, when Sin City director Robert Rodriguez turned down the project. (The reported reason: Universal wanted to shoot the picture in Germany, while Rodriguez wanted to stay in Austin with his family.) Now it seems that director Robert Luketic (Monster-in-Law, Legally Blonde) is working with Dino De Laurentiis' company (which owns the rights to the original property) to develop the picture with a different studio. "It will be a big intergalactic adventure with a sexy twist," a source close to the project tells Beyond that, details are being kept top secret, including who'll be cast in Fonda's old role (Rodriguez's girlfriend, Rose McGowan, had been attached at one point).

[07.05.2009] MTV sprach kürzlich mit Robert Rodriguez über das gecancelte "Barbarella"-Remake...
Like the tides and Lindsay Lohan’s film career, movie projects come and go. One project we’re particularly sad to see go bye-bye is Robert Rodriguez’s planned adaptation of the schlocky, sexy 1968 sci-fi flick, "Barbarella."
Yes, MTV News learned exclusively during a conversation with the director to promote the Blu-ray version of "Sin City" that his "Barbarella" is officially dead.
The film had been in development for years. Back in 2007, Universal Pictures was set to make the picture with Rose McGowan taking over the lead role from original star Jane Fonda. But the budget was said to have swelled past $80 million dollars and Universal balked. Rodriguez went in search of alternate financing.
"It came to the point where [a company from] Germany offered us a $70 million budget, which would have been by far the biggest budget I ever would have had for a movie," Rodriguez told MTV News. "But I had to shoot it in Germany and post it in Germany. Nothing against Germany, but I have five kids and I was like, ‘God, I don’t know if we can do that. I don’t know if I can be away that long.’"
Rodriguez reluctantly said no and moved on to other projects. "It was a real bummer," he admitted. "We had all this artwork and screen tests of what it would look like. It was a really cool, R-rated, sexy - almost like that [1981 animated] movie, ‘Heavy Metal’ - version of a ‘Star Wars’ movie. Something that no one ever could get to see. It was gonna be really great."
The director hopes to one day release the artwork just so fans can see what he was planning - and so those who questioned his decision to revisit the original will see the error of their ways. "People said, ‘Why are you doing ‘Barbarella?’" he told us. "And I showed them the artwork and explained it. They would go, ‘Ooooh, okay!’"
The decision to make Barbarella stemmed from his work with Frank Miller on "Sin City" in 2005. "After ‘Sin City,’ I was looking through all my comic collection to see, ‘Well, what else might I make?’ The only other thing that I had tons of were Heavy Metal magazines. I said, ‘I wanna make a Heavy Metal movie!’ And ‘Barbarella’ fit the bill because you could have everything in that movie."
At least, that was the plan...

[26.07.2008] CS! sprach mit Robert Rodriguez und Rose McGowan, die an "Red Sonja" arbeiten...
CS/SHH!: [...] What's going on with "Barbarella"? Is that something that's still happening?
This one kind of took its place because I'm committed to another project in the fall. That's why I can only sort of produce this one.
McGowan: It's kind of sad. There's 70 million dollars of funding totally there but it would have to wait for a year and half and we'd have to go to Germany for a long time. Not that's there anything wrong with Germany, but it's so far in the future that literally he could get two more movies, I could get another movie or do a TV show. People just don't understand that usually, you've got 20 different things going on at once, hoping that one sticks. If an actor or director had only one thing they were trying to produce or get made, they would be in the poorhouse. They'd be screwed. You're always trying to hustle. I'm gonna hustle at the end of the day. Hopefully, it's something really good. It's like juggling. You don't know what's going to stick and what's going to fall. It's not like something that dramatically fell apart. You ask and director or producer here, they'll tell you the same thing. [...]

[12.04.2008] meldet...
Last August, it was all but assured that "Grindhouse" babe Rose McGowan was set to star as the title character, an ultra-hot space vixen, in Robert Rodriguez’s remake of "Barbarella."
Or so we thought.
Because soon came the budget disputes. And the posturing. And the claims that Universal didn’t want McGowan at all, preferring instead a bigger name actress like Jessica Alba or Nicole Kidman.
Turns out, we got it right the first time, McGowan insisted, telling MTV News that she was still very much signed on to play the lead in the upcoming film.
"[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."
Not just the contracts, either, but sets and costumes, and a whole "lot of pre-production work," McGowan revealed, hinting that the flick is actually quite a bit further along than previously speculated.
"Half of the sets have been built. The costumes are done," the actress confessed, adding with a laugh that she’s "even got my spaceships. I’ve got part of a spaceship built for me!"
At the moment, in fact, the only impediment to filming isn’t the actress in the lead - but all those other actresses everywhere else.
"[‘Barbarella’] wouldn’t be able to be finished before June which is when the next strike might happen," McGowan said of delays in the face of a possible SAG strike. "It’s a longer shoot."
The original movie followed Jane Fonda as she roamed the galaxy fighting evil and looking really, really sexy.
McGowan, for one, can’t wait to step into those knee-high boots, calling herself a big "fan of the original."
Any pressure to live up to the legend?
"The original doesn’t have a lot to go on plot-wise. It’s one thing to do a remake of something that could have been much better storywise even if it was fantastic visually. It’s another thing to remake something flawless," McGowan said. "That way if yours isn’t that good at least yours is better than that one." [...]

[19.10.2007] IGN meldet...
Universal Pictures has dropped director Robert Rodriguez's planned remake of the sci-fi cult classic Barbarella, leading the filmmaker to shop the project to other studios. But Universal's reason for backing out of the film is a matter of dispute, as a new report that suggests it was either over a ballooning budget or the casting of Rodriguez's girlfriend Rose McGowan in the title role.
According to an unnamed source for The New York Observer, "It's sort of embarrassing for everyone involved. ... No one thinks Rose can carry the movie, but Robert won't listen." The paper adds that producer Dino De Laurentiis "wants to back Robert and his vision. But Robert's vision is blurred by Rose." The studio reportedly wants a bigger name star such as Halle Berry or Jessica Alba.
Rodriguez disputes this claim, saying they were "blown over" by McGowan's audition and citing the project's ballooning budget as the reason for Universal's pullout. "Universal had initially signed on for $60 million," Rodriguez explained, "but then when we were done with the script it wound up at closer to $82 million, and they had just financed a Will Ferrell movie [Land of the Lost] that was a $130 million and they even cut that down to $100."
The filmmaker says Universal is still willing to fund the film for $60 million, but Rodriguez believes he can't make Barbarella for that price because of all the special effects that are required.

[02.10.2007] IESB meldet...
According to published reports, Robert Rodriguez has definitely cast his Death Proof Hottie girlfriend as Barbarella.
I am all in favor about putting your friends to work, Hollywood is known for that. Sometimes you can even put your girlfriend or wife to work but the big question is do you give them lead roles in a film that already has an uphill battle to fight?
According to Elle Magazine, a source is telling them that "Rose McGowan is slipping into a fur bikini and major bouffant to take on the title role in the remake of Barbarella." If true this is one of the worst cases of nepotism ever.
It was known that McGowan was being used for test FX footage that was being shot, but I guess Rodriguez liked what he saw so much that he has now officially cast her as well. [...]

[10.07.2007] Der TV-Sender arte zeigt heute um 20.40 Uhr das Original: "Barbarella" von 1968...

[22.05.2007] AICN meldet...
[...] this story just got posted on VARIETY and I grabbed my phone and called Rodriguez - "I told you it was the coolest thing ever!" before I even said a word.
Robert Rodriguez is making an R-rated BARBARELLA that is being written right now by the writers behind CASINO ROYALE - Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. With Dino De Laurentiis and Martha De Laurentis producing.
Robert is making this his adult sexy science fiction action adventure film. I've never heard him so jazzed about a project. When I called Robert, he was in Cannes and was in the midst of joyous conversation with "The Mexican Mafia" - aka Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - who stole his phone to tease me anonymously. They're all so jazzed about this project for Rodriguez.
Robert is making the film for UNIVERSAL - and man... can you imagine. Robert grew up reading HEAVY METAL magazine and in all likelihood we'll see that sort of flavor mixed with that of the look of BARBARELLA- and he has no plan to make this a campy film. That this is going to shoot here... in Austin... Holy shit... This is going to be amazing! Oh - and this is Robert's next film!

[11.04.2007] meldet...
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" scribes 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 comicbook series on which the film was based. 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. That movie comes off as camp and dated by today's standards.
In the remake, the scribes will make Barbarella a free, modern gal who survives in a futuristic world through her intelligence, fighting skills and sexuality.
De Laurentiis sparked to Purvis and Wade because of the way they used Ian Fleming's early Bond novel "Casino Royale" as the basis for their script but updated it into a Daniel Craig vehicle that reinvigorated the franchise.
The "Casino Royale" writers just turned in their draft for the 22nd installment of the Bond franchise and will make "Barbarella" their next project.
De Laurentiis has set no timetable on when he'll seek a studio for "Barbarella." On "Hannibal Rising," he waited until the film was done before securing a distribution deal with the Weinstein Co. It's likely he will seek a studio partner once he has a completed script and a star.

[23.12.2003] Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit dem Drehbuchautor John August...
[...] What about BARBARELLA'
The challenge with it is that it's not based on the movie, but the underlying books. And the rights to the underlying books are the biggest octopus of tangled legal questions and quandaries. I need to go back and do another draft. The one thing we do know is that we're very happy with the story, and what it's going to be. It's much more like CANDIDE, or, like, PRIVATE BENJAMIN in space. She's this girl who's grown up in this Utopian little world, and everything is perfect. But she's so curious that she ends up going into the Underworld, and realizing that her tiny little planet is being supported by this giant slave planet. So, she ends up leading a revolution accidentally, and overthrowing the ruler of the slave planet. It's really, really fun. The challenge was, when I first wrote it, we were coming off of the first CA, and so it had this big scale and big (fight scenes). Now, that's not so much a priority. We're trying to scale it back, and make it more like a comedy and less a big action movie; a little more INDIANA JONES and a little less STAR WARS.
Are you writing sexy, or, specifically, for an R.
No, it's written for PG-13, and, I think, safely that. I had to tone down a few things: one of the procedures on her planet... they're all virgins, so it's all been educated out of them. So, she has sex for the first time, and it's hard to convey that in a PG-13. The ratings thing is very frustrating. I believe there's a good reason for ratings - I wouldn't want to get rid of them - but people are so fearful about certain ratings. There was a movie I really wanted to do, that someone was going to buy from me, and they were like, "Oh, it has to be PG-13". I was like, "It could *never* be PG-13". They said, "We were able to make SWAT PG-13". [...]

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DVDBarbarella (1968)
Regionalcode 2
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
Darsteller: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Milo O'Shea
Regie: Roger Vadim
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 3. März 2003


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Erscheinungstermin: 3. September 2004

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