Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just Say No To A Barbarella Remake!

First of all, let it be known that I am not a fan of remakes. In my experience, they consistently fail to do justice to the original, far superior films. (The only exception to the rule that comes to mind is 1954's A Star Is Born starring Judy Garland.)

Barbarella is one of the most iconic films of the Swinging Sixties. Rumors of a possible remake of the 1968 sci-fi cult camp classic have been circulating for a while now, and the project was recently officially confirmed for a 2010 release. Reports suggest that Drew Barrymore will play the title role, but she has not signed on as of yet. Robert Rodriguez was originally slated to direct. However, he has since walked away from the project citing disagreement over production with Universal. The latest news is that Robert Luketic of Legally Blonde fame will take over as director. (Jane Fonda's then husband, Roger Vadim, directed the original film.) The script is currently in development.

Personally, I am vehemently opposed to the idea of a Barbarella remake. No one could ever outdo Jane Fonda as Barbarella and Anita Pallenberg was brilliantly cast as The Great Tyrant. Why mess with perfection?!

Also, on the butcher's block are Rosemary's Baby, Suspiria, and The Birds. (As was made painfully obvious by the god awful Psycho remake, Hitchcock should not be tampered with.)

Come on Hollywood, try thinking up some original ideas for a change and leave the classics alone!


  1. I am so incredibly against the idea of them remaking this. Can we start a petition?!?

  2. There is only one reason to remake Barbarella: the opening credit zero g strip scene. If they did it, and did it right, it would be amazing. They could charter one of those parabolic flights that simulate weightlessness, or use GCI, or even film it underwater. As long as we couldn't see her reflection in the plexiglass she was lying on like in the original.

  3. I think that a petition would be a fabulous idea!

  4. Tanatino owns the movie rights, or did for a time, to the entire Modesty Blaise series of novels. There are a baker's dozen original movies that could be better than most of the junk produced today.