Nicolas Winding Refn's “Barbarella” series has snagged a writing team from the feature area.
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have co-scripted five James Bond Pictures of varying quality:
“The World Is Not Enough” (1999);
“Die Another Day” (2002);
“Casino Royale” (2006);
“Quantum of Solace” (2008); and
Between Bond pictures, they’re written the Bond-ish Rowan Atkinson comedies “Johnny English” (2003) and “Johnny English Reborn” (2011).
Refn’s credits include “Bronson and “Drive.”
Though the “Barbarella” series is based on Jean-Claude Forest’s French comics and produced by French companies Guamont and Canal Plus and will air on French TV, it will being produced in English for a worldwide audience.
Forest’s futuristic comic series, launched in 1962, followed a planet-hopping blonde who found herself falling into bed with a wide array of characters. The series was adopted into a 1968 movie directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jane Fonda.
No word yet on casting.
I’m hopeful they use this Bongos tune for the titles:
Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.