Robert Rodriguez confirms what we pretty much already knew: that Barbarella, which was to Rose McGowan, has been scrapped. Too bad that there’s no mention of Red Sonja, I’d really love to know what’s happening with the film. MTV Movies Blog reports:
Like the tides and Lindsay Lohan’s film career, movie projects come and go. One project we’re particularly sad to see go bye-bye is Robert Rodriguez’s planned adaptation of the schlocky, sexy 1968 sci-fi flick, Barbarella.
Yes, MTV News learned exclusively during a conversation with the director to promote the Blu-ray version of Sin City that his Barbarella is officially dead.
The film had been in development for years. Back in 2007, Universal Pictures was set to make the picture with Rose McGowan taking over the lead role from original star Jane Fonda. But the budget was said to have swelled past $80 million dollars and Universal balked. Rodriguez went in search of alternate financing.
“It came to the point where [a company from] Germany offered us a $70 million budget, which would have been by far the biggest budget I ever would have had for a movie,” Rodriguez told MTV News. “But I had to shoot it in Germany and post it in Germany. Nothing against Germany, but I have five kids and I was like, ‘God, I don’t know if we can do that. I don’t know if I can be away that long.’”
Rodriguez reluctantly said no and moved on to other projects. “It was a real bummer,” he admitted. “We had all this artwork and screen tests of what it would look like. It was a really cool, R-rated, sexy—almost like that [1981 animated] movie, Heavy Metal—version of a Star Wars movie. Something that no one ever could get to see. It was gonna be really great.”
The director hopes to one day release the artwork just so fans can see what he was planning—and so those who questioned his decision to revisit the original will see the error of their ways. “People said, ‘Why are you doing Barbarella?” he told us. “And I showed them the artwork and explained it. They would go, ‘Ooooh, okay!’”
The decision to make Barbarella stemmed from his work with Frank Miller on Sin City in 2005. “After Sin City, I was looking through all my comic collection to see, ‘Well, what else might I make?’ The only other thing that I had tons of were Heavy Metal magazines. I said, ‘I wanna make a Heavy Metal movie!’ And Barbarella fit the bill because you could have everything in that movie.”
OMG…that’s it. What ever happened to Robert’s Ten Minute Film School philosophy? Who does he think he is, Spielberg or some shit?! =P
If Robert can’t find a way to make it with $70 million. I’ll make it..on a shoe-string budget…literally.
The actors? Shoestrings! The costumes?? Shoestrings!! The backdrops??? Shoestrings!!! The special effects and CGI???? Frickin Shoestrings!!!! I’ll make this goddamn movie with $8 dollars and people will love it! I think I’m a film-maker therefore I am (according to RR himself).
….does Rose McGowan accept IOUs?