LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Robert Rodriguez has
signed on to direct "Barbarella," a new motion picture
adaptation of the classic science-fiction comic book series,
whose title character was immortalized in the 1968 movie
starring Jane Fonda.
Dino De Laurentiis, who produced that film, will produce
the update with Martha De Laurentiis for Universal Pictures,
which aims for a 2008 worldwide release
"Barbarella" tells the story of a female mercenary who
roams the universe in a distant future, undertaking missions
that require her physical fearlessness, ingenuity and
sensuality. The character, who made her debut in 1962 in a
French graphic magazine written and illustrated by Jean-Claude
Forest, was known for adventures that often involved sex.
"Dino De Laurentiis came to me and said, 'Barbarella' is a
world where you are completely free to unleash all your
fantasies, creativity and imagination -- where the
possibilities are limitless,"' Rodriguez said. "I love this
iconic character and all that she represents, and I'm truly
excited by the challenge of inviting a new audience into her
"Barbarella is the ultimate science-fiction adventure
heroine: smart, strong and sexy," said Dino De Laurentiis. "In
our vision, the future is female, and I can't wait to introduce
Barbarella to a new generation of moviegoers."
Rodriguez is working with writers Neal Purvis and Robert
Wade, who are developing an original adventure for Barbarella.
Purvis and Wade co-wrote "Casino Royale" and recently finished
work on the next installment in the James Bond franchise, which
has a working title of "Bond 22."
Rodriguez's coming on board puts to rest questions about
what the in-demand director -- who last directed the "Planet
Terror" segment of "Grindhouse" -- would do next. Although
"Grindhouse" did not do well at the box office, the helmer was
being courted by studios and was considering directing "The
Jetsons" at Warner Bros. and "Land of the Lost" at Universal.