Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written five James Bond movies including the most recent Skyfall, have come on board to write Barbarella, Gaumont International Television’s upcoming series based on the character created by Jean-Claude Forest and made famous in the 1968 film of the same name staring Jane Fonda. Nicolas Refn will direct the series and executive produce alongside Martha De Laurentiis. Julien Forest & Jean-Marc Lofficier are co-executive producers. The BAFTA-nominated Purvis and Wade are repped by UTA and Casarotto Ramsey & Associates.
After bringing Hannibal to the small screen with an upcoming NBC series, Gaumont International Television and producer Martha De Laurentiis are looking to do the same for another iconic character, Barbarella. GIT, the U.S.-based production and distribution arm of European feature studio Gaumont, is teaming with De Laurentiis and Drive director Nicolas Refn for a TV series that will be based on the character created by Jean-Claude Forest in a graphic novel and made famous in the 1968 sci-fi movie staring Jane Fonda as a sexpot tasked with finding and stopping the evil weapons inventor. Refn will direct and executive produce the series alongside De Laurentiis, whose late husband Dino produced the 1968 movie. Co-executive producers are Jean-Claude Forest’s son Julien Forest and Hollywood Comics principal Jean-Marc Lofficier.