Back in October, it was confirmed that Europhoria star Sidney Sweeny was partnering with Sony Pictures for a new adaptation of Barbarella. Jane Fonda originally starred in the 1968 film by her then-husband director, Roger Vadi, which is based on a French comic book of the same name.
There have yet to detail on the project, including the director or writer, but Fonda is now having concerns about the re-make. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter the star admitted she’s now trying to put the unknown project out of sight, out of mind.
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“I try not to [think about it],” she stated. “Because I worry about what it’s going to be.” The actress went on to say she didn’t have any idea of how to remake the title with a feminine twist. “I had an idea of how to do it that [original producer] Dino De Laurentiis, when he was still alive, wouldn’t listen to,” she noted. “But it could have been a truly feminist movie.”
Barbarella Starring Jane Fonda
The original 1968 film stared Fonda as the main character, who is an astronaut from the 41st century who is in search of stopping scientist Durand Durand, played by Milo O’Shea, who created a Positronic Ray with intent to cause mass destruction.
At the time of the release, it wasn’t necessarily a hit, but it has now become quite a cult classic. This is due to Fonda’s look in her retro-futurist costumes and of course, the film’s eroticism. The film quickly propelled Fonda to become a sex symbol in the 1960s.
Sparks about a remake have been made in the past, with several attempts to remake a sequel. Including Bob Evans’ proposed sequel, Barbarella Goes Down, with Fonda reprising her role as well as a 2000s version directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Rose McGowan.