New Barbarella Gets a Screenwriter

Joe Gazzam will write it for Luketic

New Barbarella Gets a Screenwriter

by Helen O'Hara |
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Director Robert Luketic has hired writer Joe Gazzam to plot out a new version of Barbarella, the story of the space-age sex-kitten that originally starred Jane Fonda. We can only assume that his mandate reads: "Keep the Zero-G striptease; lose the silly camp bits."

The original film, from 1968, saw highly-sexed spacegirl Barbarella tasked with saving the galaxy 40,000 years from now from the evil Durand Durand. She travels to the planet Lythion, meets some people, loses some clothing, meets some other strange people, loses some more clothing, and in the city of Sogo ("where a new sin is invented every hour") has to face off against the evil scientist. Where she loses some more clothing. It's that sort of film.

For the remake, the plan is to keep the adventure, the sexual seductions and, we're betting, the figure-revealing threw-it-on-and-nearly-missed outfits, but lose the air of high camp that so marked the original.

Gazzam, a relative newcomer as feature screenwriters go, previously wrote CryptoZoo, Riot for John Carpenter and a movie version of 21 Jump Street. He'll be working with The Ugly Truth director Luketic and producer Dino De Laurentiis, who also produced the original film, before they shop it around to studios to get backing for the film.

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