Amazon Studios is taking on Gaumont International Television’s Barbarella for a possible pilot pickup. Deadline has reported that Amazon has already picked up the screenplay for the pilot, which was penned by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, two feature writers behind Skyfall. The company is currently on the lookout for a showrunner.
The character of Barbarella, a young woman who travels from planet to planet ending up in often erotic adventures, was created by Jean-Claude Forest as a comic serial in the French publication V-Magazine. The strips were later put together and published in a standalone book entitled Barbarella. The graphic novel caused a bit of a stir at the time and was considered by many to be the first “adult comic,” even though the content was pretty tame by today’s standards. Many will know the character from Roger Vadim’s 1968 film version of the same name, starring Jane Fonda as the sexy astronaut.
Gaumont International Television, who have been trying to get this project off the ground for around a year and a half, attached Nicolas Refn (Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) as executive producer and director of the pilot. Martha De Laurentiis, whose late husband Dino produced the 1968 movie, is also attached as executive producer. De Laurentiis is also the executive producer on NBC’s Hannibal.