Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Drive" Director Mounting "Barbarella"

The buzz being generated by Disney's upcoming Marvel Studios  outer space fantasy, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" has kick-started producer Dino De Laurentis' Paramount remake of the 1968 sci-fi comedy, "Barbarella: Queen Of The Galaxy".

To be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") from a screenplay by Joe Gazzam, Refn promises the look of his film will adhere close to the languid illustrations of Jean-Claude Forest, creator of the French-language "Barbarella" comics.

Although actress Rose McGowan was originally considered to play 'Barbarella', casting continues for a suitable actress to play the lead.

The original Paramount Pictures release was directed by Roger Vadim, starring Vadim's wife at the time, actress Jane Fonda :

" the year 40,000, 'Barbarella' (Fonda) is assigned by the 'President of Earth' (Claude Dauphin) to retrieve 'Doctor Durand Durand' (Milo O'Shea) from the planet 'Tau Ceti'. Durand Durand is the inventor of the weaponized 'Positronic Ray'.

"Earth is now a peaceful planet, and weapons are unheard of. Because Tau Ceti is an unknown region of space there is the potential for the weapon to fall into the wrong hands..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the opening title sequence from the original "Barbarella", designed by Maurice Binder of "James Bond" movie fame ...