With Nicolas Winding Refn exiting “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington, and losing bromatic collaborator Ryan Gosling for “Logan’s Run,” it might seem that the director is suddenly adrift. But in his back pocket is the “Babarella” TV series reboot, which he signed on to last summer, and it seems things are moving foward on that project with a couple of big names coming on board.
“Skyfall” writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have signed on to write the show and character that Gaumont International Television and producer Martha De Laurentiis are reconfiguring for a new generation. For those of you who may be too young to remember, Jane Fonda skyrocketed to fame playing the 41st century astronaut in Roger Vadim‘s 1968 movie, and the goal is keep things equally alluring. “I’m certain that the combination of our creative forces will produce a show that is as enthralling as it is sexy,” Refn said, about working with the 007 pair, with whom he’ll co-write the movie.
Purvis and Wade seem to be enjoying the remake track, as they’re also penning “Kojak” for Vin Diesel (good lord). No word yet on when “Barbarella” will shoot or more importantly, who is going to take the lead, but considering Refn’s slate after “Only God Forgives” seems relatively free at this point, it looks like this is shaping up to be his next gig. [ScreenDaily]