A remake of the original film Barbarella is planned. It will be penned by current James Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and produced by Dino and Martha De Laurentiis. It was recently announced that Sin City director Robert Rodriguez is slated to direct the remake for Universal Studios. The remake of Barbarella was originally planned in the 1990s with Roger Vadim as director, and actresses Sherilyn Fenn and Drew Barrymore were considered for the title role. As of May 2007, it was announced that actress Erica Durance of the WB’s Smallville was a front-runner for a 2008 remake. However, subsequent reports have identified British actress Sienna Miller as the favorite to take the role, along with Rodriguez’s Grindhouse star Rose McGowan. According to Elle magazine, McGowan has been cast in the title role.
According to the New York Observer, Universal Studios has backed out of funding the movie because of Rodriguez’s insistence to cast McGowan in the title role. Executives reportedly do not think that she can carry a movie with a budget close to $100 million. Once Universal learned of Rodriguez’s decision to cast McGowan they slashed the budget significantly. Rodriguez denies this, saying, “Universal had initially signed on for $60 million, but then when we were done with the script it wound up at closer to $82 million.” The filmmaker is currently shopping the project around to other studios in the hopes of getting more money. He has cited the fact that most of the movie takes place in outer space as the reason for the rise in budget, and that “we don’t want the movie to look like the original.”
Rodriguez backed out of the project, and in June 2009, Entertainment Weekly reported that Robert Luketic will be directing the remake with a different studio. These rumors also claim that there is an Angelina Jolie Barbarella battle brewing with Megan Fox. Will Angelina Jolie or Megan Fox play Barbarella in the movie remake.
The two actresses apparently both want the lead role in the remake of the 1968 film, which is described as an “erotic” science fiction classic. But who will land the lead role?
This rumored competition should be an interesting one, and should follow with many more future battles for lead roles, since the two are compared to each other so frequently.