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Brace Yourselves, Nicolas Winding Refn to Helm Small Screen 'Barbarella'; Bond Writers Purvis and Wade on Board UPDATE

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 29, 2013 at 12:44PM

Update: "Skyfall" co-writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (they share this Bond credit with John Logan) are tapped to write Nicolas Winding Refn's TV series, "Barbarella." Pervis and Wade also penned Bond's "The World Is Not Enough," "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace" and "Die Another Day."
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Jane Fonda in "Barbarella"
Jane Fonda in "Barbarella"

Update: "Skyfall" co-writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (they share this Bond credit with John Logan) are tapped to write Nicolas Winding Refn's TV series, "Barbarella." Pervis and Wade also penned Bond's "The World Is Not Enough," "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace" and "Die Another Day."

Earlier: Nicolas Winding Refn will bring "Barbarella" to the small screen. That's an exciting combination of the "Drive," "Bronson" and "Only God Forgives" director and the comic-book character (created by Frenchman Jean-Claude Forest in 1962) that spawned Jane Fonda's 1968 film (watch the sexy as hell--and rather ridiculous--opening credit sequence at Art of the Title). Refn will helm the project for Gaumont International Television, the Los Angeles based arm of the French studio. Refn states, "I'm excited for the opportunity to re-invent 'Barbarella' with my friends at Gaumont and Martha DeLaurentiis," and adds he's looking forward to bringing the character to a new generation of fans, "I believe she is one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters."

Which actress could possible fill the shoes --nay, spacesuit--of Fonda as the sexually liberated planet-hopping Barbarella?

DeLaurentiis and Gaumont is also behind the upcoming TV series "Hannibal," which will star Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelson for NBC. [Variety]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.