Amazon has a project in he works to develop a series based on a sexy 1960s science-fiction movie. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports exclusively: "Gaumont International Television’s ‘Barbarella’ has been set up at Amazon Studios, which has taken in the pilot script penned by feature writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (‘Skyfall’)."
In anticipation of a pickup for a pilot, the search is reportedly on for a showrunner.
"’Barbarella’ is 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 an evil weapons inventor," Andreeva writes. "The project, which has been in the works at GIT for a year and a half, is executive produced by Nicolas Refn (‘Valhalla Rising’), who had been attached to direct, and Martha De Laurentiis, whose late husband Dino produced the 1968 movie."
Gaumont already has two series under way, the report notes: NBC’s "Hannibal" and Netflix’s "Hemlock Grove." Additionally, "Narco" is awaiting a green light from Netflix.
"Amazon Studios has five drama and comedy pilots in the works following the launch of its first original series, comedies ‘Alpha House’ and ‘Betas,’" Andreeva adds.