Universal drops Barbarella?
According to reports Universal are backing away from the remake of Barbarella – finally they've seen sense? - and the reasoning behind it is Robert Rodriguez's fascination with Rose McGowan, allegedly let me say.
I say allegedly because I'm not sure if this is the only reason for the inflated budget, and I'll discuss this in a minute, but it seems to me that she might be looked at as a scape goat to get out of a project that isn't going to work anyway, regardless of the talent involved.
So the official story, or rather official rumour, is that Universal are backing away because the budget is nearly US $100 million and the The New York Observer through Rope of Silicon put this down to:
“...Mr. Rodriguez has insisted on casting his new fiancé, Rose McGowan, in the lead role...”
Wait a minute, that's the reason for the huge budget? Well perhaps she's is asking loads of oney, but when the story goes onto talk about other more famous names that have been talked about in connection with the film you do get a little confused, these names are much dearer, surely. Names such as Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry and Jessica Alba have been associated with the role of Barbarella, costly indeed.
So the fault of the big budget is Robert Rodriguez insisting on Rose McGowan? I think that sounds more like an interesting titillation rumour for trashy celebrity stalking magazines, or more to the point a get out clause for Universal.
The source that talks to the New York Observer suggests that it's not to do with the budget:
“It’s sort of embarrassing for everyone involved...No one thinks Rose can carry the movie, but Robert won’t listen.”
Mmm...still sounds like a bit of a get out clause, and Robert Rodriguez's official statement is much more realistic and believeable.
“Universal had initially signed on for $60 million...but then when we were done with the script it wound up at closer to $82 million, and they had just financed a Will Ferrell movie that was a $130 million and they even cut that down to $100.”
In fact he goes on to defend McGowan and says that Universal loved the screen test:
“They said, ‘What are we looking at?’...She looks fantastic in the role. … She was perfect for this part. She just has that daring look, a sort of classic sexiness that is also kind of futuristic.”
You know the whole story sounds like it's taking away focus from either the burgeoning budget or the fact that they have just realised that the film isn't going to be that good.