Euphoria and The White Lotus star Sydney Sweeney has opened up about Sony’s planned remake of the cult-favorite Barbarella, in which she will both star and executive produce.
Speaking with AP Entertainment, Sweeney discussed Barbarella as well as some of his hopes for the project. Sweeney said, “Jane Fonda– she created such an incredible, iconic character.” “And I, hopefully, just want to fill those shoes and give a whole new generation more — the fun of the clothes, the science-fiction, the story. So, I’m looking forward to it.”
The aforementioned Fonda, of course, starred in the original Barbarella film from Paramount Pictures, which was directed by Roger Vadim and first hit theaters in 1968. The erotic sci-fi feature was based on the French comic book character of the same name, which was created. in 1962 by writer/artist Jean-Claude Forest. Forrest was one of eight credited screenwriters for the 1968 film adaptation, which underwent several rewrites during its production. An edited version of the film, titled Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy, was released to theaters later in 1977.
An official synopsis for Paramount’s Barbarella reads, “Barbarella is marked by the same audacity and originality, fantasy, humor, beauty and horror, brutality and sensuality, that make comic books such a favorite.” “The setting is the planet Lithian in the year 40,000, when Barbarella makes a forced landing while traveling through space.
She acts like a female James Bond, vanquishing evil in the form of robots and monsters. She also rewards, in an uninhibited way, the handsome men who aid her in her adventures. Whether she’s wrestling with the Black Guards, the Evil Queen, or the Angel Pygger, she can’t stop losing at least one part of her skin-tight space suit!”
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The 1968 film Barbarella inspired a 2004 stage musical of the same name. A television adaptation of the original comic was previously in development. However, no one was cast in the series until 2013 and there have been almost no updates on the project since then. Several proposed film remakes have also failed over the years. However, The Forest Estate eventually announced plans for a new film adaptation in 2020.
Earlier this month, news broke of Sweeney joining a Barbarella remake for Sony, soon after which the actor himself confirmed the report. “Time to save the universe,” Sweeney wrote on Instagram, sharing an image of the poster artwork for Fonda’s 1968 film. Notably, Sweeney is also set to appear in Sony’s upcoming Marvel/Spider-Man spinoff film Madame Web, which is currently set to release on February 16, 2024.