James Bond Writers Take on ‘Barbarella’ TV series

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are slated to update the classic adult sci-fi comic for television.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last year, Gaumont International Television announced its plans to bring Jean-Claude Forest’s “Barbarella” comic to television. Now the writers have finally been found.

Screen Daily is reporting that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have signed on to reboot “Barbarella” for a modern audience. The duo have previously written five James Bond movies together including The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Purvis and Wade have also collaborated on Johnny English, Stoned and Let Him Have It.

Although Forest created the “Barbarella” comic story in 1962 as one of the early "adult comics," the franchise is best known for the 1968 film adaptation starring Jane Fonda in the title role.

The new “Barbarella” TV project is being produced by Martha De Laurentiis, the widow of Dino De Laurentiis; who produced the ‘68 film incarnation. De Laurentiis attempted to reboot “Barbarella” as a film in 2007, but the project eventually migrated towards its current incarnation.

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is set to helm the “Barbarella” pilot; which does not currently have a star or the backing of a U.S. network. However, Gaumont has a  track record of making its projects happen, so “Barbarella” has a good chance of securing a deal overseas before an American network comes on board.

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