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Robert Rodriguez is making BARBARELLA... My Balls Just Exploded!!!

Harry here... 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!

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  • May 21, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

    Words fail me, sorry.

  • May 21, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by timmer33

    You heard it here first.

  • May 21, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST


    by timmer33

    Liked the first half of PLANET TERROR. Couldn't wait for the second half to end. It got REAL boring there as soon as they got to the army base. Casting QT was a bad decision, and the final battle was just so humdrum. It ruined such a great set up.

  • May 21, 2007, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit!!!

    by antonphd

    That is KICK ASS COOL NEWS!!!

  • May 21, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Shooting in Austin?

    by Shivv

    Must be easier and cheaper to bring the set to Harry than it is to fly Harry to the set for his usual quid pro quo visit.

  • May 21, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Who Fuckin Cares?

    by Rantman

    you heard me!

  • May 21, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    So this means Sin City 2 is on hiatus?

    by TheLassiter


  • May 21, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST


    by tiredpm

    Seriously. Yeesh.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Fuck This!!!

    by Redfive!

    Sin City 2 has been in the "Works" for along time now,now its scrapped becuase of BARBARELLA...let me guess Rose Mcgowen as Barbarella...BFD,Now I dont give a shit what Rodriguez does just as long as Sin City 2 is coming.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST

    RR has a beer and cheats on his wife with Rose

    by ZupDog

    Can't wait for the positive review from Harry... oh wait, wasn't Harry supposed to not review RR's films because of his "close personal" relationship with him?

  • May 21, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    another remake, how wonderful

    by CherryValance

    And I do realize that this remake was being bandied about long before the remake epidemic took hold, but still. I'm in no mood. And I can't imagine why a real director would want to do it.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST

    So it isn't a remake?

    by ZupDog

    Isnt' it funny because his buddy RR is making the film, it isn't a remake, but likely a "re-envisioning" of the original film, sans the campiness. A serious Barbarella film? Yawn.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST

    I've never been a big Rodriguez fan...

    by MisterE

    I've never been a big Robert Rodriguez fan, but both "Sin City" and "Planet Terror" were cinematic masterpieces. "Barbarella" is in good hands.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Fuck this, SIN CITY 2, please

    by WhoDis

    And THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS with Mickey Rourke as the aging Bats.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    salma hayek

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    would rock roses barbarella out of the galaxy. star wars with boobs. i like it.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by Pygar

    Barbarella has a place very dear in my heart. That flick hit me hard during puberty, and just like JAWS has me looking over my shoulder even in 4 ft swimming pools, I still get a insta-woody every time I think of Jane in those half ripped off, canary pecked, chucky doll chomped space vixen outfits. Im elated a hard R remake is on the way but as scary as a Drew Barrymore starring role was Im even less enthused if that pasty husband snatchin Rose Mcgowan gets it. Ugh, on Im the fence on this one till I hear who gets the nod.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    "adult sexy science fiction action adventure film"

    by Canada's King

    Huh, I thought he was referring to SIN CITY.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray for "Durand Durand."

    by Uncapie

    Now, that would be hilarious!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Cuaron overrated too

    by Horace Cox

    Rodriguez and Cuaron are both overrated in my opinion. Can't understand the rabid fanboy following they seem to have. Expect some quality in the films you watch, people! Del Toro and Inarritu are the real deal though. And now, by public demand, I will promptly fuck off.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST

    What'll we call this one?...

    by jimmy rabbitte


  • May 21, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    What's this "remake" delusion?

    by Napoleon Park

    I thought I pissed in the mouth of this stupidity last time. "Barbarella" is a French COMIC BOOK that was collected in Graphic Album form, in about four or five books (only the first and maybe second were ever translated into English.) Just because there was a movie about this comics character made forty yeas ago DOES NOT mean that a new movie about this COMICS character will be a remake of the previous movie. Unless you think "Batman Returns" was a remake of "Batman (1966)". Ot that the Jane Punisher was a 'remake' of the Dolph Punisher. or that the new Hulk Movie will be a remake of the previous Hulk movie, and that one was a remake of "Trial Of the Incredible Hulk". By the way, did you see the preview cilp of John Rambo, the 'remake' of First Blood? <P> Also, there have been twenty James Bond movies. Why do they keep remaking "Dr. No" over and over again every couple of years? Oh, and was "Spider-Man 3", the remake of "Spider-Man", as bad as everyone said? <p> Okay, is this still unclear? The new Barbarella movie will not be a remake of the forty year old Barbarella movie just because they were both inspired by the same comic book series. And it is not a franchise, a continuation or a sequel. It is a new movie based on the same source, but I doubt it will have exactly the same plot. it's not like remaking 'Hamlet', after all, it's not Shakespeare, it's a French comic book.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Forget Sin City 2, MADMAN, please

    by casinoskunk

    i really dont trust George Huang.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    baRbaRella R for Risque

    by pipergates

    todo o nada RodRiguez!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I just hope Rodriguez (and everyone) realizes that...

    by Napoleon Park

    ...the reason Sin City was so acclaimed wasn't the tone or the multiple short story format or the black and white plus one color gimmick and it certainly wasn't the 'dark and gritty' film noir tone or the over the top violence. What was GOOD about Sin City was that it was faithful to the source material - that it practically used the comics as a template and followed it. And THAT was the trick that also worked for "The 300". <p> Barbarella was ahead of it's time as a comic book in 1962 France and may be revolutionary in conservative 21st century America. Or it may seem behind the times and quaint. Rodriguez will have to stay as close to the original comic book material as possible and still 'reinvent and update' where needed to keep it from coming off as 'campy'. Unless he considers the other '60s film's campiness an asset and wants to go that way with it. Which could be an error, but it's his call and he's earned a certain amount of our trust. Anyway, couldn't think of a better man for the job.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Lead casting ideas

    by ironburl

    1st: Jane Fonda (CGI'd). Have you seen the ads for Georga Rule? Va-va....just kidding......Real suggestion: ... if she gets the role I live in austin and want to be invited to the set. I need a job manning the spritzer to keep her body all glistening. I promise to be good.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    From April 13th, 2007: Dreamcasting Barbarella 2008

    by Napoleon Park

    Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy 2008 ***** Barbarella - Charlize Theron President of the Earth - Dennis Haysbert (obviously) Evil Twins - Mary Kate and Ashly Olsen Ice Hunter - Ron Jeremy (or Ron Perlman; someone named Ron) Professor Ping, Leader of the Cave People - Rene Auberjonois Pygar, the Blind Angel - Justin Chambers The Great Tyrant - Illyana Douglas Resistance Leader Dildano - Jesse Spencer Dr. Durand Durand - Andy Richter<p> ----------------- Barbarella: The Musical ***** Barbarella - Jessica Simpson President of the Earth - David Bowie Evil Twins - Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera Ice Hunter - Ted Nugent Professor Ping, Leader of the Cave People - Iggy Pop Pygar, the blind angel - Justin Timberlake The Great Tyrant - Alanis Morissette Resistance Leader Dildano - Sanjaya Dr. Durand Durand - Simon Le Bon Opening Credits theme: Kylie Minogue Closing credits theme: Duran Duran Incidental soundtrack: Mattmos <p> -------------------- Quentin Tarantino's Barbarella ***** Barbarella - Uma Thurman President of the Earth - John Travolta Evil Twins - Alicia Witt, Laura Prepon Ice Hunter - Bruce Willis Professor Ping, Leader of the Cave People - Robert Forster Pygar, the blind angel - Steve Buscemi The Great Tyrant - Pam Grier Resistance Leader Dildano - Tim Roth Dr. Durand Durand - Samuel L. Jackson <p> ------------- Flying Fury of Barbarella ***** Barbarella - Michelle Yeoh President of the Earth - Jackie Chan Evil Twins - Yunjin Kim, Bai Ling Ice Hunter - Sammo Hung Professor Ping, Leader of the Cave People - James Wong Pygar, the blind angel - James Kyson Lee The Great Tyrant - Lucy Lui Resistance Leader Dildano - Masi Oka Durand Durand - Yun-Fat Chow -------------------

  • May 21, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by Pygar

    From a earlier post I have to second that Jessica Simpson would be a perfect choice to fill Jane's shoes. She already has the dumb, sexpot role down pat. Someone warm up the sex NOT that organ!

  • May 22, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Excellent directing choice,but Wade & Purvis are hacks

    by Wayne6000

    This is a great movie for Robert, after the disappointment of Grindhouse, but could he get someone else to polish the finished script, as the screenwriters (Wade & Purvis) doing this film are fucking hacks. Ladies like Monica Belluci and Salma are unfortunately both now about 10 - 12 years too old, if this is meant to have any franchise potential. Age, looks and sex appeal wise, Diora Baird or Kelli Garner would be good for the lead role.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST



    him and frank grow apart?

  • May 22, 2007, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Sheesh, could Harry BE...

    by TheSeeker7

    ... anymore of a friggin name dropper?? :p heh<br> <br> But damn, I see someone else already stole my casting idea. This movie should totally have the classic curvy Lindsay Lohan, not the one where she looks like an on-death's-door cancer patient. A more well fed, curvier Lohan of the past (ala 'Mean Girls') was one of the hottest most sexy incarnations of the female form on the planet.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Why not make a NEW sexy adult adventure?

    by ZeroCorpse

    Instead of making a remake of something that WAS Jane Fonda, and couldn't possibly work with someone else, why not write a new story to fit your desires? We don't need a remake, but I'd certainly welcome a new movie in the same vein.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Yeah! R - Rated

    by Mace Tofu

    : ) .... ... . . .. .

  • May 22, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Hard R or not interested.

    by DarthCorleone

    Not too much camp and not just a few flashes of nipple. Whatever happened to the truly sexy R-rated films? I'm not talking about porn...y'all know what I'm talking about. There's a whole genre there that just disappeared. I blame the MPAA. Jessica Biel for Barbarella. Or Scarlett Johansson.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    What'sup wit dat?

  • May 22, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST

    subject suits the director

    by GordonED209

    campy source material for an incredibly overrated director. In no way can this be adult AND intelligent.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Fuck ANYONE not excited about this

    by Doctor_Sin


  • May 22, 2007, 12:41 a.m. CST


    by Bronx Cheer

    zzzzzzzzzz zzzz zzzzzzzz zzz zzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • May 22, 2007, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Two Thoughts

    by Colier Rannd

    A) This can be very, very cool B) I have 3 choices for the lead. Rose McGowan, Carla Gugino or Giada De Laurentiis (Dino's grandaughter, he can probably get her to work cheap). Or if all three will just have a nice 3 way in the film it'll be worth the price of admission. LOL

  • May 22, 2007, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Gee, I wonder who he's going to try to cast.

    by superninja

    I predict this changes hands.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Napolean Park

    by CherryValance

    You give a bunch of examples of sequels to prove that this movie isn't a remake and then go on to say that it isn't even a sequel. How does that even make sense to you? If you want to say it's a reimagining, knock yourself out. You'll get a cookie for calling it a reboot. But a movie called Barbarella coming years after another movie called Barbarella is generally going to be thought of as a remake, or at best a long awaited sequel until anyone hears otherwise. I read no plot summary did you? If not, then how do you know what it is or isn't?

  • May 22, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Nobody has the nerve to make RANXEROX

    by ZeroCorpse

    This is a comic that will never be seen on the silver screen-- At least not faithfully. Why? They'll never get past the need to have a sexually-active, frequently-nude underage girl and loads of ultra-violence. Still. . . It would be an amazing NC-17 flick if anyone ever had the guts to make it.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST

    The original had ample room for improvement.

    by Harry Weinstein

    Not bad for the time in its own way, and Fonda's ridiculously hot in it, but even as a kid I remember not being impressed by the movie itself - it felt kind of stiff, and not the "Jesus, look at young Jane Fonda" kind of stiff, either. Mario Bava came out soon afterwards with DANGER: DIABOLIK, which to me is the far more satisfying of that batch of Euro comic book movies. Let RR have his fun, the original will always be there and there are far worse directors who could have taken this gig - what if they gave it to the NORBIT guy, or Stephen Hopkins? The R better be hard, that's all I'm saying. Pubic hair is long overdue for a comeback.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Purvis and Wade

    by LoneGun

    I'm mostly interested in this project because of the writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. They did a terrific job on CASINO ROYALE. As for Rodriguez, I can take him or leave him. I agree with poeticwarriorII about him being overrated. PLANET TERROR was mildly amusing, but totally boring compared to something like 28 WEEKS LATER.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Curaon is not overrated.

    by superninja

    DelToro? Yup. Now take that, and cut it half, and then double it!

  • May 22, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Ranxerox, somebody actually wanted to do it

    by pipergates

    i remember reading about some experimental music video director wanting to make it...would be awsome...did you know that the artist, Liberatore,won an award for designing the wardrobe to Asterix Mission Cleopatra? and he deserved it.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    He's this generation's..........

    by Rantman

    Roger Corman......and not in that good a way either. I admire his low budget(ish) way of doing things but the results vary wildy. Some great, some like someone is pissing on your brain thru yer eyes! In between - there's fun but seriously, I've passed through puberty and just can't all worked up about this- really guys....and you mostly are - get a girlfriend or something...or rent porn. We don't need this film.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    FUCKIN A!!!!!!!!!!! but....

    by LHombreSiniestro

    I just hope Drew Barrymore isn't still "attached" to play the lead.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    It will only work if...

    by ZeroCorpse

    It will only work if they get an actress who has previously not done nude work to do some majorly hot nude scenes. I'm thinking Scarlett Johansen or Jessica Alba. <p> Of course, the trick is getting them to get naked and simulate being fucked by a kinky organ on screen... My money's on Scarlett.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST

    zerocorpse -- ranxerox

    by quamb

    Chris Cunningham (famed video clip director) was in the midst to direct the feature - though the seems have fallen apart and he's now writing his own project (aparently)

  • May 22, 2007, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Why not Drew?

    by ZeroCorpse

    I happen to think she's incredibly sexy, and I'd still watch two hours of her galavanting naked on screen. Frankly, I think Drew's perfect. <p> To each their own.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Rosario Dawson would be a good fit for the lead role

    by Ryan3

    I agree Diora Baird is super hot and probably needs the break more, but even though the beautiful, talented and extremely hot Rosario Dawson is already in the Sin City films (if any more get made), both ladies should at least get the chance to audition for the lead, or get offered the role outright.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Maybe we'll get to see Rose McGowan nude THIS TIME...

    by CopOnTheEdge

    ...BECAUSE WE SURE AS SHIT DIDN'T IN YE OLDE GRINDHOUSE!! Yeah, I love ya RR and Planet Terror ruled - EXCEPT for the deleted sex scene - SUCH a ploy to sell dvds, NOT cool at all, totally manipulative bullshit. I really wish you and QT had left the sex in the theatrical version, and I'll bet the box-office would have been better. You can't possibly discount the word of mouth potential of guys telling other guys that hot name actresses are naked in a movie. Because when you buddy asks you if they are, and you reply "um, no, they cut those scenes out..." HOW BIG OF A DRAW IS THAT? So get back on the horse, put your gf Rose in front of the camera, tell her to do that sexy pole dance again, except this time while removing items of clothing. Or call up Jess Alba and tell her to do the same bit from Sin City only in a space ship this time. Or call up Salma -- just fer christ give us some freakin' nudity!!!!!!

  • May 22, 2007, 1:28 a.m. CST

    If Rodriguez casts Drew Barrymore...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...I will personally hunt him down and fucking kill him. That is all.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Diora Baird looks like Jane Fonda in the 60s here...

    by CopOnTheEdge

    can't deny a resemblance, check the bouffant hair...

  • May 22, 2007, 1:47 a.m. CST

    scarlett barbarella johansson

    by pipergates

    wanna bet?

  • May 22, 2007, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Who wants to see this crap anyway???

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Barbarella (1966) was (and still is) an ultimate borefest and has aged very badly. I wonder how anyone over age 11 still finds that chick in the flick sexy or whatnot.<p>And now we get a lousy remake? From an overrated director??? I am fucking bored...<p>And still some kids here cry for some nudity. In a feature film. How nude will it be, even if it's rated R? Infantile morons.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Rodriguez in sci-fi sex mode?

    by Some Dude

    Sweet. Too bad it is not being written by a certain bald comic book luminarY anymore, though. Oops. I shouldn't have said that. I get a little tipsy and my fingers just turn into Runaways...

  • May 22, 2007, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Napoleon Park re Bond films

    by ZupDog

    Hmm, I guess you forgot Ian fleming wrote something like 15 other bond books... granted not all the bond films were based on Ian Fleming books, but most were. Nice try.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Cheri Violence

    by Napoleon Park

    See, since you misspelled my name I did the same for yours. We're both so clever. ;p <p> A "remake" would be if they made a new movie based on the same story. Since there were a half dozen or so major story arcs of Jean-Claude Forest's comic, collected into Graphic Album form, I doubt they'll need to cover the exact same material. Although the search for Durand Durand is a key element that everyone remembers from the 1968 film (thanx to the band Duran Duran), so they might use that. <p> The 1968 film Barbarella was very specific to its time. It was part of the "camp" trend and the colorful "pop art" movement. See also Danger: Diabolik, Modesty Blaise, the Batman TV series, Lost In Space, etc. And the '60s was an era of social change and political turmoil and unrest. There was a reason the Beatles wrote a song called "Revolution". The character of Resistance Leader Dildano was one such "hippy revolutionary" character; very much a product of his time. in spite of being a "futuristic" sci-fi space opera comedy, there was a lot of Barbarella which now seems dated. The new film will draw from the same source material, but I suspect the interpretation will be quite updated. <p> Terms like 'franchise' and 'sequel' imply a continuity; that the characters in the new movie will be the same characters as in the previous film, that they will recall the events of the previous film having happened to them. Since it's set in the distant future, it's possible Rodriguez could set his film one year, or one month, or ten hours, after the previous "installment" and have the characters make reference to the events in the previous film as having just happened or having recently happened. I do not know what Rodriguez has in mind, but I doubt that is it. <p> If I was unclear before, I do not think "Batman Returns" was either a remake or a sequel to the 1966 Adam West "Batman" film. I guess DC and Warners might consider Batman to be a franchise character, but I don't think anyone believes the events in those two movies happened to the same version of that character, with the two films being in continuity with one another. They were just two films made nearly forty years apart based on the same comic book character, just as the two Barbarella films will be based on the same French comic book character created by Jean-Claude Forest. <p> I don't think "Superman Returns" was a sequel to the first Fleischer Studios Superman cartoon. (although I admit that's disingenious: "Superman Returns" was very clearly intended to be considered a sequel to "Superman II") <p> The Gus Van Sant "Psycho" was a close remake. The Baldwin/Basinger version of "The Getaway" was a remake. "Wrath of Khan" was a sequel to "Space Seed". The Die Hard or Bourne films are franchises: films in which each new installment happens with the same characters who lived through the previous installments. By those definitions, I do not think it would make sense to make a new Barbarella film that was a remake, sequel or franchise film in continuity with the one make 40 years ago. And based on an only passing familiarity with the work of Robert Rodriguez, I don't think that is what he plans to do. <p> But I'm not claiming omnisceince and I am not a betting man. I certainly could be wrong. If Rodriguez makes a shot for shot remake of the 1968 Roger Vadim "Barbarella" film, I'll certainly feel slightly embarrassed over having said that I thought that was not what he would do, in an archived public forum.

  • May 22, 2007, 2:48 a.m. CST

    My thoughts, quickly.

    by Tourist

    Hey Horace Cox, your opinion really does suck. Cuarón is hardly overrated, considering he made one of the best films of the last year, and probally the most technically accomplished, and really didn't receive alot of attention for it. Iñárritu? Considering the real meat of his films comes from Arriaga, and even that is plodding and pretentious, your left with a guy who has contributed a poorly handled camera and some dirty film stock to cinema (I guess Gael Garcia Bernal to world wide audiences, too, but Cauron helped with that). And Del Toro? Are you spastic? The guy who made that shitty Wesley Snipes vampire flick follow up? Or the two heartless, mechanical, plastic fantasy flicks recently? And...I think it's safe to say Barbarella is intented as a remake. I don't think the name recognition and audience demand really stems from the unread french comic books. I think it would make for a good remake though. Just to up the sex and violence and effects. Better to remake something that isn't all that crash hot to begin with. I guess Rose McGowan might be his current favourite, and she would look hot in it, but I can't see that happening. Back-in-the-underage-day Lohan would have been perfect for the role though

  • May 22, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST

    So I'm guesing Machete is dead now yeah?

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Kinda figured that anyway after Grindhouse bombed.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:52 a.m. CST


    by Napoleon Park

    I keep forgetting that sarcasm doesn't translate well to the written page. or, if it does, it requires a better writer than I am. See, when i said the Jane Punisher was a remake of the dolph Punisher, I meant that it ISN'T. When I said all James Bond movies are remakes of Dr. No, the satirical implication is that the premise is incorrect, but it is what the people who think Barbarella 2008 will be a "remake" of "Barbarella" (1968) would think. And that they would probably be incorrect to make that assumption. <p> My point was that not all the Bond films were sequels or remakes of Dr. No. <p> You are correct, the first 12-15 films were... um, let's say "inspired" by the Ian Fleming novels (each of which I've read at least three times, so, no, I didn't forget about them) I put 'inspired' in quote; some were quite similar to the novels (Dr. No, Goldfinger), some almost a direct adaptation of the book ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service"), and some had virtually nothing to do with the novel other than the title and the names of a few characters. (The Spy Who Love Me). Some incorporated details from short stories into much longer films (The Living Daylights, Octopussy). And some were totally fabricated: the later films, after they ran out of Fleming titles, were not based on the subsequent bond novels from John Gardner or Raymond Benson. <p> up until Casino Royale, all the previous Bond films, in spite of the leading man cast changes, were supposed to be an in continuity franchise about the same character. For example, Lazenby's marriage is referenced in the Moore and Dalton films. There was even continuity retro-fitted in, with Blofeld and Spectre being written into the earlier bond films when he wasn't in the original novels. <p> All Bond movies are based on the Fleming Bond novel character, just as all Batman films, TV shows and cartoon series are based on the Bob Kane comic book character and both Barbarella movies are inspired by the Jean-Claude Forest comics that were serialized in magazine form, then collected in Graphic Albums. That was the point I was making.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Harry, sorry to hear about your scrotum rupturing

    by Napoleon Park

    But then I usually feel pretty sorry anytime I hear anything about anyone's balls. Have you tried sitting on a moist towel? (It's great!)

  • May 22, 2007, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Kim Bauer as Bauerella

    by briantag

    Plenty of scrotums (scroti?, scrota?, scrotum?) will rupture if this casting happens.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST

    "I've never heard him so jazzed about a project"

    by newc0253

    or, indeed, jizzed. Seriously, though, this is good news. I'm already there in the cinema, wearing a trenchcoat with one hand down my trousers...

  • May 22, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    It's probably going back to the source material

    by Doctor_Sin

    The goddamn French comic strip and not the cheesy Fonda film. Jesus, people - know your fucking history.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Sin City 2 is sort of on hold from what I hear.

    by PurityOfEssence

    I hear that they still plan on making Sin City 2 but both are busy with other projects (Miller has The Spirit and Rodriguez apparently has Barbarella).

  • May 22, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    these guys love movies so much

    by Seph_J

    that they line up like the next 10 movies they want to do. Get Sin City 2 and Machete, done first please. Sin City 2 should be next.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST

    IMDB still says

    by Seph_J

    Sin City 2, 3 and Machete in 2008. What a shame. That would have been so nice.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Robert can't do strong female characters.

    by Power_Girl

    HEAVY METAL is sexist tripe! With the R rating it sounds like we will be getting a really slutty "non 60's" exploitive Barbarella. Barbarella wasn't slutty in the 60's she just promoted free love.<R> I have no faith in Robert.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST

    I´m sure she will dance in underwear

    by CuervoJones

    Viva Roberto Rodriguez

  • May 22, 2007, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell should play Barbarella...

    by Edward_nygma

    ...he can so do this part.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:46 a.m. CST

    lindsay lohan

    by iwontwin

    as barbarella, i love that lil crackhead!

  • May 22, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Being a total lifelong comic book fan

    by Napoleon Park

    ... the idea that "Sin City II", the sequel to a brilliant comic book based film, is on the back burner while the principles are busy making "The Spirit" and "Barbarella" (two more classic comic book properties), is... well, I wouldn't go so far as to explode my testicles, but I think something down there moved.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:25 a.m. CST

    rodriguez isn't the shit

    by darwinwins

    he has a film lover's eye but he doesn't have an artist's eye. there is nothing in his oeuvre showcasing is ability to shoot a beautiful scene. in short, he's a hack.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST

    "I grabbed my phone and called Rodriguez"

    by Trazadone

    I'm rolling my eyes.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:38 a.m. CST

    What about Grindhouse 2?

    by indiephantom

    Need that film.

  • May 22, 2007, 6:06 a.m. CST

    isn't it "Duran Duran"?

    by Zardoz

    I mean, isn't that where the band got the name from? Right?

  • May 22, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST

    As long as they keep...

    by Alientoast

    ...the Excessive Machine, then this remake has my approval!

  • May 22, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by datachasm

    lmao... was there even a story in the original? even as a huge scifi fan i found nothing of interest in Barbarella but Jane Fonda. there are better things out there... and original ideas are always a plus. which would you rather see? Barbarella or Sunshine?

  • May 22, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Barbarella was a product of its time

    by Spandau Belly

    It was a spoof on 60s free love peace-nicking. It won't work now. What modern social trends will they mock while remaining true to the original?<br><br>Watch out....<br><br>...I'm turning into Vern...<br><br>..Oh God! It's overtaking me..the Vern within is screaming!...<br><br>What will Barbarella now live in a futuristic society where people no longer have names and just ringtones? Will Barbarella use her Facebook messaging powers to overthrow Duran Duran? Will the labrynth of outcasts be replaced with a LOST talkback? Will the blind angel who's lost his will to fly be replaced with an American Idol hopeful who's lost their will to sing covers?<br><br>OHHHHHH GOD!!!!! Vern was right all along! Soylent remakes are made out of people! PEEEEEEOPLLLLLLE!!!!!

  • May 22, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Zardoz, it's true

    by Trazadone

    Yep, Duran Duran got their name from this movie and they had a song called "Electric Barbarella" back in the late 90s.

  • May 22, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Er, is this a joke? I'll take SIN CITY 2 thanks.

    by brokentusk

    I don't actually know what to say here - the idea that Robert, Alfonso, Harry, et al. are all going crazy over a BARBARELLA remake instead of SIN CITY 2 just boggles my mind. If it was April I'd swear this was a load of rubbish. BARBARELLA? Seriously?

  • May 22, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    BIG mistake...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    The world doesn't need a Barbarella remake. What we need is RR's "Mike Allred's Madman" adaptation, Sin City 2, Return to the Grindhouse, and something more original from him. Kate Beckinsale in panties though...I would be there.

  • May 22, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Harry, can you post your positive review of it today???

    by Nice Marmot

    We know you've already given it one.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    LINDSAY is too crusty

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    DREW is old and beat ROSARIO has a hideous face and i hate her i'm sexy but can still hang with the boys attitude SALMA is too mexican ROSARIO is too lame SCARLETT may work but she needs to gain a couple pounds i don't know too many opf the newer chicks maybe a thora birch i'm thinking boobs here. people like kate beckinsdale but i can't think of her seriously cause i think the underworlds and the van helsing are tripe

  • May 22, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    how bout a GALAXINA movie

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    why theyre at it

  • May 22, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Baraella was a comic strip first

    by ETI

  • May 22, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by Larry Jay

    Dino De Laurentis is still alive? I thought that wretched fossil kicked off years ago.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Five Bucks

    by Purgatori

    says Rose McGowen is cast as Barb.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember Heather Graham

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    dressed up like Barbarella in EW? Years ago, when I used to get that tripe rag...... Regardless, here photo shoot was nice with all the corny costumes and whatnot. Thought the Barbarella get-up was cool.....

  • May 22, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    vote of no confidence

    by Blood T Cat

    just not sure about Rodriguez, the possiblity of a disappointing suckfest is all too real.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Alexa Vega for Barbarella

    by jarjarmessiah

    Somebody had to say it.

  • May 22, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    this story just got posted on VARIETY and I grabbed

    by Lour Reed luvs Frank Zappa phone and called Rodriguez".. And of course your friend, knowing you run a site dedicated to insider-information about upcoming movies, laughed in your face and reminded you "thanks for promoting everything I do without question, maybe one day I'll let you break a story like this"

  • May 22, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    It's Durand Durand

    by CherryValance

    The band just took the end Ds off. I don't know if they meant it or if they just didn't know how to spell it but yeah. And "Electric Barbarella" is one of their worst songs which is now stuck in my head. *sigh*

  • May 22, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    balls exploded? Now Raimi has to clean up his shelf

    by mrsinister7381

    where he displayed them. "See, see Sony executives, I HAVE THE BALLS OF THE HEADGEEK! I can do no wrong!!!" I think RR is a cool guy, but his only great movie to date has been SIN CITY. Ya gotta love him for being a constant innovator and for pioneering Digital filmmaking. I don't think Barbarella is going to be very good, I'm not sure why, I just don't get a good vibe from it. SIN CITY 2 will redeem him....

  • May 22, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Rodriguez is directing, so it'll be done next week

    by Spandau Belly

    He'll shoot it in an afternoon with any known actor who can spare two hours to stand in front of a greenscreen holding a gimmicky weapon. And then he'll break for dinner and come back to film 'Machete' and 'Spy Kids 4: John Spy Kids' with Stallone and go to sleep.

  • May 22, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see Sin City 2

    by Rat Fink

    before this crappy movie. Who gives a damn about Barbarella?

  • May 22, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Lauren Grahm for Barbarella

    by Atticus Finch

    Or Alexis Bledel.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by ProfGriffin

    Ok...I'll try to remain positive, as long as it gets Robert back on the right track...(film-wise) I'm a supporter of whatever he does. Hopefully it also gets him back on the right track (life-wise) as well.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Scarlett is FAT

    by CuervoJones

    accept it

  • May 22, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I'll be lowbrow...

    by Abin Sur

    I hope that Barbarella is played by a lovely lady that has NOT been naked on screen before...Robert Rodriguez, this message is for YOU! And make sure they don't sign one of those silly "no nudity" or "body double" clauses! Scarlett would be fine with me.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by LarryTheCableGuy

    isnt really fat, she lost baby fat which alwasy brings me down. and i meant ROSE is lame if it matters to anyone.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Love Barbarella Hate Rodriguez

    by jam_jams

    Sexy Spy Kids in Space. Give me a break. Take a look at the track records involved here. I don't think this is the right choice at all. Dino please ditch RR and pick up Joss Whedon. If you want to take Barbarella into the 21st century he's your man. Could you imagine Whedon's take on B? He could combine two of his strongest efforts Buffy & Firefly and really make this something special. Hire Whedon have him read Norman Spinrad's two strong sexy space opera's "The Void Captains Tale" and "Child of Fortune" for inspiration and forget the camp of the 60's film. Another option I would suggest if the Dino wants to go the camp revisionist route is Peyton Reed. Remember the spot on 60's take of Down with Love ? Either of the film makers would be a wiser choice based on their prior experience with sexy smart strong female protagonists. It's been 30 years since Star Wars and that audience has grown up. I think the time is ripe for a smart and sexy space opera. Just don't screw this one up.

  • May 22, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Alex de la Iglesia wanted to make Ranxerox

    by Marsellus

    But he wanted to do a faithful adaptation, that means pretty hardcore...too much for pussy producers, too expensive for brave ones.

  • May 22, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by kafka07

    I'm happy about this. Considering what Rodriguez did with Grindhouse (and even Spy Kids), I can kind of envision what he'd do with Barbarella. An R-rated Barbarella, no less! Sweet. Speaking of exploding balls, have Rose McGowan play the lead role, whydontchya!?!

  • May 22, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Carla Gugino in a blonde wig...

    by Abin Sur

    That would work for me, even if she's been nekkid before...

  • May 22, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Joss Whedon?? nah

    by kafka07

    I don't quite think JS has that Heavy Metal flavor down like RR does. I tried hard to like Firefly, I really did, but it's kinda bland. Buffy's ok.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Scarlett's FAT?

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Dude. Are you a homo?

  • May 22, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Horrible Idea!

    by lost.rules

    It's a crap sexplotation movie to begin with.

  • May 22, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Barba who?

    by dramirezs23

    I agree with a previous post, who fucking cares, isn't he doing the jetsons or some crap like that too? Rodriguez is one of the most overrated directors around. The only thing I liked that he's had a hand in is Sin City, and that wasn't even his.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    But who's rack will replace..

    by Horror Freak

    jane fonda... she may not be that hot now but i can still remember the first time i saw that flick when i was like 11 or 12 and how much i loved it, not only because jane fonda would just seemingly randomly disrobe, but because bad campy sci-fi rocks... it'll be cool to see what rodriguez will do with the character, as long as she gets topless often and has a nice rack to go along with the toplessness...

  • May 22, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Hippocrites.. This is like P.W.S.A. remaking Long Good

    by modlight

    Friday. Rodriguez should have learned his lesson about not being original with Grindhouse. This will end in tears. I thought he had enough respect for film to not remake classics. Maybe... MAYBE! I'd let him re-boot Danger Diabolik, but I'm sorry Barbarella even with all it's faults is a classic.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by captainalphabet


  • May 22, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Neal Purvis and Robert Wade....

    by darshn22

    Also wrote the worst Bond films...Just thought you all should remember that...

  • May 22, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    This Definately could work.....

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR


  • May 22, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, I'm still not getting this.

    by brokentusk

    It's BARBARELLA. When faced with the following options, which would any of you choose to watch: SIN CITY 2, THE LAND OF THE LOST, THE JETSONS... or BARBARELLA?! Have I gone insane or woken up in a world where this is a "cool" idea? BARBARELLA?! Really? "Hi, I'll have one ticket for BARBARELLA please." Honestly, this is retarded.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    cool, cool

    by kilik777

    Im down with whatever he does as long as we get Sin City 2 and hopefully 3 someday.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by tonamania

    How much longer are we going to wait for this movie? But, do agree that Rose McGowan would make a decent Barbie. Nudity? Why not. She took it off for Rodriguez, might as well take it off for the camera.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Mike Myers can play a bitch

    by tonamania

    Maybe Barberella will be like the she-version of Austin Powers! Groovy, baby.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    If I could cast just the rack...

    by Monkey Man Zero

    Christina Ricci, sadly she's about a foot too short for the role.

  • May 22, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by Blood T Cat

    hard to excited about a chick that's had Marilyn Manson's dick up her ass. But I kid. People need to quit pointing out that Rodriguez cheated on his wife like they have some kind of inside knowledge though. It's very fruity in a Perez Hilton kind of way.

  • May 22, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Come on... where's a the love, eh?

    by DinoDeLaurentiis

    Alla you goddamn putzes... why you alla gotta to be a the, how you say? "Hatahs?" Holy crappa... the Dino, he was a making a the goddamn comic book movies when you were alla the goddamn steak-a-babies, no? Alla you young putzes with a your goddamn fancy ringtones anna Commodore 64s, you donna even a know what a the goddamn 60s, they were like, eh? Hehehe... the Dino, he hadda them flocking to a the theaters for a the glimpse of a the Jane Fonda's boobies, eh? BWAHAHAHAHAH!!! OLD SCHOOL, BABY!!! That's a the way we did it back a then, no? We dinna use a the goddamn focus groups anna test screenings, eh? Goddamn, the Dino, he tell a the Vadim, "Roger," I say to him, "you just a gotta to go alla balls out anna shoot this picture anna get it inna the can, eh? Alla they wanna to see is a the boobies..." Anna the goddamn putz, he dinna even a bother to shoot a the scene with a the goddamn robot... "Roger, you goddamn putz! Where's a the goddamn robot, eh? She's a supposed a to do a the bippy with a the robot!" Anna he's alla like "Dino, I canna do a the robot sex... It's a gonna to get a the X-rating, eh?" Anna the Dino, he's alla like "X-Rating?!? They dinna even inna'vent a the goddamn X-Rating yet, eh? What inna the hell?" Goddamn... I'm a getting alla worked uppa just a thinking about it again... where's a my bran muffin?

  • May 22, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    DIORA BAIRD!!!!!

    by DocPazuzu

    She's a perfect Barbarella - and - she ain't afraid to get 'em out. And how marvelous they are, too... <p> <p> Fuck Drew Barrymore!

  • May 22, 2007, 3 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu


  • May 22, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Another good thing about Diora Baird...

    by DocPazuzu that she wants and needs a breakthrough role, and is at a stage in her career where she won't object to showing them off even in a high profile film. <p> We need new genre hooters - I've had enough of Julie Strain.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Exert whatever influence you have, because also you KNOW Baird must be Barbarella.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Not campy? Really?

    by epitone

    Does Rodriguez have an un-campy bone in his body? But lo! He's using OTHER WRITERS this time! Good ones, too! I wonder what happened. Maybe he slipped and hit his head when he was in the middle of building his own Avid ("Why should you pay $30,000 for an editing suite? I'll show you how to weld your own in eight minutes!").

  • May 22, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Diora Baird

    by Monkey Man Zero

    I agree if you want a Fonda duplicate (I don't) the nudie pictures of her are great, and she has fantastic titties. However, check her out on IMDB, she could match Fonda in looks now, ie SHE LOOKS OLD AND BUSTED.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Diora Baird

    by Monkey Man Zero

    I agree if you want a Fonda duplicate (I don't) the nudie pictures of her are great, and she has fantastic titties. However, check her out on IMDB, she could match Fonda in looks now, ie SHE LOOKS OLD AND BUSTED.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Machete & Sin City 2

    by Boromir187

    Danny Trejo recently said that Machete was actually given the greenlight by the Weinsteins and that Robert (who has already shot 40 minutes worth) would be filming it on the off days of his next movie, which has now been confirmed to be Barbarella. So Machete is still getting made. As for Sin City 2, according to Joe Carnahan who saw a recent mock trailer for the film that Rodriguez showed him, the film is still in active development. I suspect all three will come out next year, with Robert filming Sin City 2 as soon as he finishes work on Barbarella. After that, he's supposed to be doing another kid's movie (be it "The Jetsons" or "Land of the Lost" or something else). As for Madman and the oft-mentioned Johnny Depp-starring "Blind Gunman" films, who knows?

  • May 22, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Good luck with the whole gay thing.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Don't shoot the messenger

    by Monkey Man Zero

    I said she had fantastic titties, and her nudes were hot. Have a look at her in the wild:

  • May 22, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Monkey Man Zero

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Did you ever see Diora's photo shoot in (I think it was) Maxim? There is a shot of her on a golf course that would make a preacher kick out a stained glass window. That chick is au-natural super-turbohot.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Ol' Dino makes an appearance in TB. You putz!

  • May 22, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Not cool - new ideas pls.

    by Reelheed

    Rape and pillage the past! Everythings been thought of already! Never have another original idea! Hurrah!

  • May 22, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I saw this one...

    by Monkey Man Zero adn totally agree, very hot. I'm just saying the pictures on IMDB paint a different...well...picture. I guess I wanted smoking hotness without airbrushing. Again, love the titties, am NOT hating on her titties. This is all I'm sayin'

  • May 22, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by captainalphabet

    It's all about makeup and lighting, especially with something that'll be this stylized. Candid-premiere pics aren't necesarily a strong representation of how chick'll look on screen...

  • May 22, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    FUCK Barbarella, make Druuna instead

    by Doc_Strange

    Who doesn't want to see a sci-fi movie about a chick with a hot ass get every orifice fucked by some alien or other outlandish creature? And it should be HARDCORE with a big budget. 300 million opening weekend, guaran-damn-teed.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Too vowely!

    by Napoleon Park

    have her call back when she changes her name to Dora Bard or Dar Bird.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Orlando Bloom as Pygar

    by Anna Valerious

    Yeah, I have a feeling this is going to happen. I mean, Bloom's not bad, but he's not really worth drooling over for me. Or maybe get Ben Foster to have big-ass angel wings again...

  • May 22, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Barbarella could be fun...Empty, but fun.

    by Quake II

    I expect it to be an adult version of Sharkboy & LavaGirl. 100% Eye candy....Trippy, weird planets, tons of CGI and a plot that 5 year olds would understand. Only this time there's breasts and sex. And my money is on McGowan as well. No doubt about it.

  • May 22, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by TELF

    I was just thinking how long it had been since we heard from you! I love it when big movie hot shots hang out on our humble boards! You, Bruce and Sly should totally do a film project together!

  • May 22, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST



    When are you gonna get around to making Dune II for the big screen? Good choice on Rodriguez...he does boobies better than anybody

  • May 22, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    Mash Up Movies are the future...

  • May 22, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    It should be either Lohan or Diora Baird....

    by Kirbymanly

    ...and I'm leaning toward Diora. Just imagine her in the suit. Hey Robert, look her up and you'll see what I'm talking about

  • May 22, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by krushjudgement

    I want madman dammit. Why Barbarella? Boobs? I mean they're nice and all but come on, MADMAN!

  • May 22, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Diora Baird

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Monkey Man Zero, let there be no doubt:<P>Now watch her in action!<P>

  • May 22, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "They just fucked with the wrong Mexican..."

    by tomthumbstallywhacker

    Machete could be the coolest film RR has ever done, the trailer alone is better than 90% of the shit that goes on general release. I'm glad that he's still committed to making it on the "off days" during Barbarella or whatever, as long as it doesn't get shoved on the back burner and forgotten about. Because that's Fried Gold right there. MACHETE!

  • May 22, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by tomthumbstallywhacker

    Much as I love RR, I confidently predict that Barbarella will look like Spy Kids. With tits in it.

  • May 22, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I do a great Harry Knowles impression

    by UMAGA

    I'm getting married, i'm getting married, i'm getting married. Hey guys! My friend is making a movie!! This means it's probably going to be the most ball busting and best movie you've ever seen!! Let's talk about more of my friend's movies! Sly realized it's the only way to get positive word on this site so he became my friend too!!! I have all the power. TRANSFORMERS has GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS. I wonder if i'll like it. Hey! Who put this money in my bank account?!? TRANSFORMERS IS FUCKING BALL BUSTING AWESOME!!.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I wanna agree with the guy that said

    by Fabulous Freak

    that a pre-coke Lohan would be actually perfect. Weird, I'm not at all a fan of hers but in this case, I'd have to say its spot on.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, I just got off the phone with my balls,

    by tomthumbstallywhacker

    And on hearing this news they shrivelled up and withdrew into my body, like a snails eyes!

  • May 22, 2007, 8:28 p.m. CST

    If Diora Baird is not Barb...

    by Kirbymanly

    ...I won't see it. Harry, call him and tell him he's gotta do it!

  • May 22, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Robert! Don't skimp on the BOOBIES this time!!!

    by Rex Manning

    Like ya did on Sin City and Planet Terror...

  • May 22, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    MFing Prince would probably do the soundtrack for free.

    by CatVutt

    He's a huge fan of the original, reportedly.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    I do a better Knowles impression...

    by GeekPride

    How does one type the sound of sucking Robert Rodriguez and QT's cock all at once? Honestly, though, this sounds rad as hell, but FUCK, Harry, you have no journalistic credibility. It's like, "I heard news." That should be it, and an opinion, sure. Not, "And then I called Rob-We TOTALLY hang out all the tim-and he was like, "Yeah." No wonder everybody on the internet is laughing at you, sir. I hate to be so cynical, but FUCK, man, stop it. we all know you know RR, QT, and so many others. Stop reminding us. Pretty much, your reviews don't count anymore. They're a joke, bordering on self-parody in their idiocy. My advice: JoBlo. JoBlo is a perfect mix of news and opinion, without the blatant conflict of interest. So yeah.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Good one Spandau

    by Vern

    Spandau - good job, especially including an American Idol reference, that was very accurate. Next time be sure to mention the giant sunglasses that girls wear now, that is my latest obsession. I want to invent a sunglass that is just one giant head-sized lens with a little hole in the middle to stick the nose through.<p> But even though I am a cranky old sonofabitch I am not against bringing back the character of Barbarella as long as they cast her right. Which is gonna be tough, but we'll see.<p> I'm not so sure about Rodriguez directing. I like alot of his movies, and he does have a talent for teasing (DESPERADO sex scene, Titty Twister snake dance, etc.) but otherwise I don't really see how his sensibilities match Barbarella. My biggest concern with him is actually the effects. It's cool that he has his own effects company in his backyard and everything, but his tend to be pretty cheesy. They either need to be psychedelic cool like the original or some modern variation, and I don't know if he has the eye for either. But maybe he can prove me wrong.<p> I like CatVutt's idea of Prince doing the soundtrack.<p> Also I got a question for all you who keep getting mad that people don't know about the comic strip. Have you read the comic strip, or are you just trying to show off? If you've really read it, is it really so different from the classic Jane Fonda masterpiece? If so, explain how. Because my sources tell me they are pretty similar, and I've seen enough pictures to see that Barbarella looked like Jane Fonda even before the movie was made, that it was full of the same kinds of costumes and psychedelic space shit, etc.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    by the way

    by Vern

    Hats off to Harry for having the dedication to post this minor news story BEFORE being evacuated to the emergency room to deal with this horrible ball accident of his.

  • May 22, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    What's Next? One Million Years B.C.?

    by Maui

    Anyone else tired of remakes?? UGGGHH!!! Some things need to be left alone, you know. Barbarella is a classic - I want to remember it with Jane Fonda - noone else.

  • May 22, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Diora Baird

    by bunkyboo

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  • May 22, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by Neo Zeed

    Could happen especailly in today's family friendly climate. Unless Rodriguez can keep the costs low with his FX trickery. Then maybe he'll get an R. Sounds stupid that it would be PG-13 and be called Barbarella, but there are no guarantees these days.

  • May 22, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Oh wait it is rated R.

    by Neo Zeed

    Oops. Well then cast Scarlett Johansson and let us see the boobs.

  • May 23, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST

    I'd say they need to get Duran-Duran to do a song...


    for the soundtrack, 'cept they already did that dreadful Electric Barbarella...maybe they should be given the chance to redeem themselves, now that they're re-united and all (are they still?)And hopefully those freaky dolls return, those things were great. And that crazy fuzzy-carpet spaceship is a must. Oh and that big gun of hers that she never actually used. And as stated already, a greater emphasis should be placed on tits in this one. Boobies are foundational in this case.

  • May 23, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Rose McGowan

    by m4st4

    Rose McGowan. End. Of. Story. R rated? Fuck, yeah!!!

  • May 23, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST



    I'd love to see her rolling around shag-carpet w/ nothing but big plastic boots on.

  • May 23, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by mrsinister7381


  • May 23, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I don't know, man.

    by Pastehead

    I like Rodriguez. But... why not something more original? I guess it'll be better than most of the crap out there.

  • May 23, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Jolene Blalock

    by B0D

    or Natalie Portman for Barbarella. Or Rachel Sterling! Can't wait for Tarantino's Flesh Gordon!

  • May 23, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST

    An Open, Pleading Letter To RR....

    by Kirbymanly

    Dear Robert, To start, I've been a huge fan of your work from the beginning. I've been there on opening day for every one of your films and have left the theater in film geek glee. You showed us all that anyone can make a movie as long as you've got 7,000 bucks and a shit-load of gumption. Now that your ass has been kissed in an honest and true fashion, I ask you one thing. Please, please cast Diora Baird as Barbarella. As a film geek I want three things in my sci-fi adventure movies: hot, big breasted red heads in tight-ass spacesuits... those hot, big breasted red heads kicking ass with karate chops and guns... and someone at the helm who has the technical skills to make said sci-fi adventure thrilling, funny and jaw dropping on every level. That said-- You + Diora Baird + Barbarella = classic. Take one look at a photo of this girl... she IS Barbarella. I know its never about ticket sales and all that Hollywood bullshit... I know I can't speak for everyone who comes to this site but I can tell you that a large majority of our asses will be in seats on opening weekend if she's in this. This being said, I'll be there opening weekend no matter what... but I only ask that you please consider this casting choice. You have not steered me wrong over the years and nor would I you. Again, thank you for giving me such a great time at the movies over the years and I hope you'll consider my plea. Thanks, Kirby

  • May 23, 2007, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Preach it, brother!

  • May 23, 2007, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu


  • May 23, 2007, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Portman would be my choice!

    by Brody77

    Definitely. Problem is - we all seem to want him to cast an actress who hasn't yet gotten her kit off. I could see Alba in the part, but she won't do nudity. Scarlet is totally wrong on so many levels. I very much think though, that it'll be someone from his back catalogue of stars who'll take it on. Carla is a pretty safe bet. PS - Flame away, I hated Sin City. Bruce Willis was the only good thing in it.

  • May 23, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Ha! Thanks, Pazazu!

    by Kirbymanly

    Great name by the way..."Pazuzu, king of the evil spirits of the air, help me to find Kokumo!" With our combined strengths we can get Baird in this movie! Fellow geeks! UNITE!

  • May 23, 2007, 3:59 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Where to even begin on how wrong Portman is for the role?

  • May 23, 2007, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Portman? Barbarella's not a waif

    by BenBraddock

    She's buxom and curvy, a sex-toy with brains & attitude. Or something, it was years since I saw the film. Johansson over Portman any day. A Beyonce type. Why not just cast a buxom unknown, there are a gazillion hotties out there??

  • May 23, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST

    The thing about LOST is.....

    by TheUltraHumanite


  • May 23, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST


    by TheUltraHumanite


  • May 23, 2007, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Rather than explain Portman's...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...inappropriateness with words, allow me to demonstrate with an image: <p> <p> Case closed.

  • May 23, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Scarlett Johanssen and Rose McGowan would both be good

    by Rupee88

    But I doubt Scarlet will show her titties, so she's out.

  • May 23, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Scarlet can't carry a film

    by Spandau Belly

    She's only ever been a co-lead at most. I never saw 'The Island', but from what I hear it was really flat and boring. Don't tell me it was Michael Bay's style either. If you watch 'The Rock' you'll see that charismatic actors like Nicholas Cage and old James Bond can use their acting powers to break on through Bay's style and still deliver funny character moments in an otherwise incoherent mess. It can be done.<br><br>Scarlet just isn't supercharismatic in a blockbuster big screen kind of way. She's only suited to supporting roles in indie/Woody Allen films. <br><br>There's different types of actors, some who are good at actually acting and some who can deliver fun blockbuster goofy performances. Few can do both. Somebody like Nicholas Cage is a great example of an actor who can't act but totally seems at home in ridiculous but awesome films such as the great 'Face/Off'.<br><br>I don't no anything about this Doira Baird, but she looks great and I'm willing to give a fresh face a try.<br><br>And Vern, I'm glad you appreciated my inner-Vern taking the mic for moment.

  • May 23, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by Sprinky

    why can't people just come up with something original instead of doing a remake or something. If a movie is (considered) great then no way is the remake going to top that. You can't beat nostalgia....that's my opinion.

  • May 23, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Hey Sprinky!

    by Spandau Belly

    Get me my brass knuckles and I'll beat nostalgia.

  • May 23, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    But what about MACHETE?

    by Vern

    I know everybody is all upset about SIN CITY 2 (by the way, I saw a headline that said Angelina Jolie is taking a year off, maybe that's related) but I want to know what about fuckin MACHETE? Is he still gonna try to whip that out? That should be shot MARIACHI style but with the better cast and using those badass cameras you know he has laying around the house, so it won't be as hard. I think he could do it but WILL he do it?<p> Harry, you should get the word on MACHETE. Ever since the financial failure but artistic success of G****HOUSE, America has been nervous about its fate. Danny Trejo has been going around still saying it's a go, but we need reassurance.

  • May 23, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Machete. Sin City 2

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Please RR, do these first. C'mon.

  • May 23, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I've read some weird stuff on this site....

    by liljuniorbrown

    But this story has brought out some real fucked up idea's. I'll paraphrase my favorites : " I would really like to see someone make Ranxerox,it's about an underage girl who has lots of sex and would be nude most of the time, but no one's brave enough to make it" Followed by : "Such and such director was to much of a pussy to make Ranxerox,it deserves to be NC 17" and my favorite : "Lindsey Lohan would have been great in this when she was under age,now she's too old". So I guess if RR wants to make us happy he'll make Barberella a hard R starring a 12 yeard old girl with plenty of Hentai style monster rape. Wow, I guess i'm the only one that would like to see a grown woman play the lead? I guess the hopes of seeing someone like Heather Graham or Drew Berrymore in the part, having alot of straight or even lesbian sex on screen isn't kinky or sexy enough. Weird fucking world that we live in now.

  • May 23, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Get the chick that plays Starbuck on BSG....

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    ....she makes my balls tingle in anticipation.....something about her rockin' body and large accommodating mouth.

  • May 23, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    From what I have read/downoaded for the comics

    by Kiriyama Kazuo

    Nothing interesting and doesnt seem to far off from the original movie. Actually so far I cant find the "cool" eliment to it. However the scans I have read have not completed a full story arch... Damn I want more Miller on the big screen

  • May 23, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Just a thought

    by SebastianHaff

    Perhaps Carla Gugino as Barbarella? It'd be different, but damn if she woudln't be boner inducing. Her five minutes in Sin City were the hottest of the entire movie.

  • May 23, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by RockLobster800

    Barberella is grand as the campy classic it is-sure it aint perfect but its okay as the bizzare oddity it is. It doesnt need a "hard R" realsitic revamp ala Batman, I think theres a lot more fans of the kitsch 60's stuff than there is of the comic book....and if you do like the comic, then you'll always have that, it sint like they've taken it away form you...hmm, Im starting to stop making sense...oh, you get the idea!

  • May 23, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Elizabeth Avellan for Barbarella

    by ZupDog

    I'd like to see his soon to be exwife in the role... lord knows she'll be able to finance it herself after she gets all his money.

  • May 23, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Rose Mcgowan breaks up a marriage to be Barbarella

    by Heckles week Alyssa Milano will bone Michael Bay to star in a Land Of The Lost remake alongside Will Ferrell.

  • May 23, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Sin City 2 is coming

    by Spandau Belly

    There's a huge demand for it and most of the cast is reprising their roles so there's little casting left. If Angelina wants a year off to save the world and won't play Ava, then get Rebecca Romijn, she was a better choice for the role anyway. Rodriguez makes like 50 movies a year.

  • May 23, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Beyonce should be Barbarella

    by Black Satin 2

    I mean, being an R movie, she'd never do it, but I think she would be perfect playing a naive futuristic slave girl who wonders the landscape searching for meaning. And... I just fell off the chair.

  • May 23, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Lindsay Lohan post was funny...but would be cool

    by Monkey_King

    She needs more serious work than just GEORGIA RULE.

  • May 23, 2007, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Hey Tourist

    by Horace Cox

    Dude, opinions are like assholes - everybody has one and they all stink. Well, not *my* asshole because I wax and polish my anus on a regular basis. But opinions are fair game. Not everyone has the same tastes. I respect your takes on Cuaron, Innaritu, and Del Toro even though I disagree to some extent. They are all talented, I just happen to believe some people grant certain directors an almost God-like status that places them beyond criticism (see Sam Raimi) which is ridiculous. Everyone has room for improvement. That's part of the creative process - striving for perfection even though it is a totally subjective medium. I think Cuaron is a talented auteur but storytelling is his weakness - which could be easily remedied through tighter editing. Plus he took all the fun out of the Harry Potter universe which in my humble opinion was a gross miscalculation. To me, Innaritu is a much more compelling storyteller. He may not be as accomplished as Cuaron from a technical standpoint, but I think he understands the narrative process much better. As for Del Toro, I would hardly call Pan's Labyrinth "heartless, mechanical, and plastic" but hey, that's just my personal take. If you thought it was a steaming turd that's cool. Just out of curiosity, what's your take on Rodriguez? Anyway, there's no need to get your panties in a bunch just because you disagree with someone's opinion. These talkbacks are all about discussing our love (or hate) of films after all. Party on bro...

  • May 23, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    New name

    by Cobbio

    I'm glad Rodriguez will be directing an R-rated science fiction movie, no doubt. But since it's a re-imagining, can't we change its name from "Barbarella" to something else? Seriously, Barbarella is just a terrible name. It reeks of 1970s sweat and disco, cocaine, and white people boogying on the dancefloor. Maybe Rodriguez could change "Barbarella" to something equally retarded yet less 1970s? Maybe something Spanish? Mexican?<p> Please, just don't call this re-imagining "Barbarella." I'm begging you!

  • May 24, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    eva mendez?angelina?s true scarlett lacks charisma

    by pipergates

    yeah make Druuna! harcore alien sex and blood orgy with one massively leggy lady, like one of Crumb's done lifelike. Sadly unfilmable as is Ranxerox- boy i would have loved to see alex de la iglesia trying that one. Tourist, you havent the foggiest idea what movies are about if you can call Pan's Labyrinth a heartless plastic fantasy. oh, you were joking? not funny.

  • May 24, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Black box boss guy:

    by Napoleon Park

    I think I was quibbling over terminology, not showing off. <p>No, I haven't read the comics. I don't speak or read Canadienne and was a couple years too young to be buying adults only material in '68, when a translation of the first Graphic Album was released here in conjunction with the movie. (Although I did turn 18 in time for the underground comix revolution.)<p> Yes, the Vadim film was a reasonably accurate adaptation, based on the little I've seen from the comics. And yes, I hope the Rodriguez film, even if updated to current tastes and interests, will also be reasonably faithful to the source material. <p> My main point has always been, if two films are based on Hamlet, that doesn't make one a remake of the other one. Did you think the Daniel Craig Casino Royale was a remake of the David Niven comedy or the Barry Nelson 1954 television play? I didn't, I think they were just all based on the same Ian Fleming novel. <p. I didn't just get off the phone with Robert Rodriguez, so he may be more familiar with Barbarella mainly from the '60s film. As are most American's I would guess. But as a devoted lifelong comics fan, I HOPE that if he makes a comic book movie, he will make it so that it is faithful to the comic book it is based on, not just a remake of someone else's forty year old interpretation. And based on his work on Sin City, in which he used actual comic book pages as storyboards, I assume that is what he will do. If I'm pretentious for having a point to make and using more than two sentences, an internet abbreviation and an emoticon to do it with, so be it. <p> I wouldn't bother to express an opinion, but I actually AM interested in this project.

  • May 24, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I am so excited....

    by redfist

    not really, unless Scarlett is going to play the part, and I get to see some funs bags and her doing the motor driven ass. RR will cast his GF Rose in the part and if that doesn't surprise you ...well unplug your computer right now. Also, RR should really consider what he "traded up to"...Manson used to hit it, it can't be that healthy now.

  • May 24, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by SlipstreamMusic

    My name is Vox and I represent the Independent Chicago based Modern Rock group "SLIPSTREAM" (Obviously) And we just released our recording of Duran Duran's "HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF" (w/permission of course) and we just want Robert Rodriguez to considering using it for BARBARELLA. Anyway can listen to it free at PLEASE HELP A STARVING INDI-BAND!!!

  • May 24, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    but can he get Jessica Alba to take her shirt off?

    by Smurfette

    It is R after all.

  • May 24, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    NOT CAMPY!!!????

    by longevitymonk

    Robert, you are a total ass-clown....I would rather sit through a g version of halloween with rob zombie playing every role than be subjected to a NO CAMP version of Barbarella....Let me guess, Rose Mcfuggly will play Barb and Wilmer Valderrama as Pygar...why don't you and Quentin remake Easy Rider with the Wilson brothers...cut out all the drug use and have them Para-sailing all over fucking dork.

  • May 25, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Fuck this...

    by SonOfJorel

    I want Sin City 2 or nothing in 08. Well, okay, I guess I'll take it, as long as there's a decent actress that ain't gonna shy away from nudity and who isn't Rose fucking McGowan. And while he's at it, why not go with another Sexy Fantasy and do a live action version of the Taarna segment from the Heavy Metal movie?

  • May 25, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Harry's balls explode...

    by tucson

    Potential outcome: (A) No one notices; (B) No one cares.