Rodriguez Blasts Off to 'Barbarella'

Drew BarrymoreDuran Duran (music group)Robert RodriguezJane FondaRoger VadimDino De Laurentiis

Last week it was "The Jetsons" and "Land of the Lost," but suddenly it looks like Robert Rodriguez's next project might be a remake of "Barbarella" instead.

The long-gestating project is set up at Universal. Dino De Laurentiis acquired the remake rights last week and brought in Neal Purvis and Robert Wade ("The World Is Not Enough") to script the remake.

"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 universe," Rodriguez said in a statement repeated in both industry trade papers.

The character was created by Jean-Claude Forest and was brought to the big screen by Roger Vadim. Jane Fonda gave the defining performance of her career as the main character, a sexually liberated mercenary out to stop the evil Duran Duran.

Plans for the remake have been in development for years, attracting a wide variety of potential stars and directors. Peter Webber ("Hannibal Rising") was the most recently linked director, while Drew Barrymore spent the longest time as rumored star.

It was just last week that The Hollywood Reporter had Rodriguez choosing between "The Jetsons" and "Land of the Lost" as his follow-up projects to the "Grindhouse" segment "Planet Terror." It remains unclear where two potential "Sin City" sequels figure in Rodriguez's schedule along with the "Barbarella" remake.

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