BARBARELLA Television Series Lands At Amazon
The online “networks” of Netflix and Amazon have taken the world by storm by continuously pumping out quality series, giving traditional cable networks a run for their money in regards to viewership and accolades. Netflix more so than Amazon, but not to be out-done, it was announced today that the long-gestating Barbarella television series has found a home at Amazon Studios. It’s being reported by Deadline that series will air at the studio, with a script penned by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the duo behind the acclaimed Skyfall. A search is underway to find a show-runner with the hopes of getting a pilot green-lit.
Barbarella is based on the character from a graphic novel created by Jean-Claude Forest. In 1968, it was adapted into a feature film starring Jane Fonda, who starred as the titular character who was tasked with finding an halting an evil weapons manufacturer. The project which comes from Gaumont International Television (GIT), will be produced by Nicolas Refn of Valhalla Rising, who at one time was attached to direct, and Martha De Laurentis, whose late husband produced the original 1968 film.
GIT currently has the uber-violent and popular Hannibal set up at NBC and Hemlock Grover at Netflix. Amazon Studios currently has several dramas and comedies int he works following the success of their first two series Betas and Alpha House. No word on who will take the lead in the film, but expect the search to begin once a show-runner is tapped.