News broke back in June 2012 that “Drive” filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn was executive producing a television series adaptation of the 1968 cult film “Barbarella,” based on the French comic strip by Jean-Claude Forest and starring Jane Fonda as a sort of intergalactic sex kitten tasked with stopping the inventor of a powerful weapon. The project was set up at Gaumont International Television, the company that produces NBC’s “Hannibal” and Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove.”
A year and a half later, Deadline is reporting that “Barbarella” has finally found a home, and it’s not at a traditional network. The project has landed at Amazon Studios, which recently wrapped the first seasons of its two initial forays into original programming, the comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas.” Dramas are the next big step for the company, which in the fall ordered pilots for “Bosch,” based on Michael Connelly’s detective novels, and “The After,” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter.
According to Deadline, Amazon bought the script, written by James Bond franchise screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and are looking for a showrunner ahead of ordering a pilot. Winding Refn is attached to direct, and is executive producing alongside Martha De Laurentiis, whose late husband Dino produced the 1968 movie and had been working on a film remake before he passed away in 2010.
Purvis and Wade’s fellow “Skyfall” screenwriter John Logan is also venturing into television — he created “Penny Dreadful,” the Victorian horror series Showtime is premiering in May.