10 Awesome Sci-Fi Films That Need To Escape Development Hell
Roger Vadim's exercise in glorious psychedelic kitsch might not be the obvious choice for a contemporary science fiction remake, but in an age where sexual cinematic taboos have been increasingly broken down in the mainstream - not least with Lars von Triers' hardcore presentation of sex in his Nymphomaniac series - together with a resurgence in political satire in the science fiction genre, there's some justification for a remake of Barbarella. Itself based on a French comic book of the same name written by Jean-Claude Forest, which anticipated the sexual (and in some ways cultural) revolution of the late 1960s, Barbarella starred Jane Fonda in what is one of her most memorable and iconic performances. Certainly, the colourful yet incredibly dated production design could do with a make-over, and a remake has been touted for many years. Discussions began again in 2008 at Universal Studios, with Robert Rodriguez announced as the director taking control of the project. Rodriguez certainly knows a thing or two about translating distinctive-looking comic books to the big screen, having adapted Frank Miller's Sin City, and was keen to deliver something fresh, saying in an interview, "we dont want the movie to look like the original." Unfortunately, Universal Studios pulled out of the project and it sank back into development hell back in 2009.