Daily Blarrrgh: Barbarella, A Remake We Can Dig
We've mentioned our utter distaste for most movie remakes, but here's one that might actually be good. Robert Rodriguez has signed on to remake the classic space nudie Barbarella. The original 1968 Eurotrash film starred Jane Fonda as a super-sexy space vixen sent to the planet Lythion to find the evil Durand Durand (yep, that's where the band gets its name), an evildoer who's fond of killing his victims by forcing them to OD on pleasure.
The effects and production design in Barbarella alone make it worth watching. Plus, there's Jane Fonda in her all her youthful, pre-aerobicized glory, floating around her shiny, silver space-hooker outfits.
If Rodriguez casts his girlfriend Rose McGowan in the title role, as Defamer predicts, perhaps the production can mirror some of the exploitative dynamics of the original, where Fonda was directed by her husband at the time, French filmmaker Roger Vadim, during what was reportedly a troubled union. The remake also offers the tantalizing prospect of watching Rose McGowan strip in zero-gravity.
If only real astronauts looked and behaved like that. Much sexier than some jilted, diaper-wearing psycho driving cross-country to off her love rival.