Barbarella remake dead
Robert Rodriguez has come out and officially said it, his remake of Barbarella is no more because no one would give him the financing for it. Well, that's not strictly true, he had an offer but he decided to turn it down.
However he does make the point that people were questioning why he would make it, and he would show them artwork for the film and character and they would change their mind. Artwork? Wow, not a plot or storyline, but artwork? That must have been pretty convincing artwork.
Robert Rodriguez has revealed that after the budget issues that caused Universal to drop the film he was shopping around for the US$80 million budget that he needed for the film and that he found it at a German company, well they were $10 million short, but still. However he didn't fancy all the time away from home, especially as the company wanted the entire film made in Germany, including all the post production.
Barbarella was a strange film to begin with and really was a strange choice to see remake, I wasn't convinced that we were going to see a decent film come out of it, but it might have been something interesting from the spew of remakes that we've been seeing.
Over in the MTV article he goes further and reveals that the artwork and screen tests were looking really good, in fact so good that it was winning over people who believed the project couldn't be successful. My hand's up for that one.
"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...
...People said, ‘Why are you doing ‘Barbarella?’” he told us. “And I showed them the artwork and explained it. They would go, ‘Ooooh, okay!’"
I'm unconvinced that artwork alone would win people over, after all the first film lacked a real cohesive story and a much stronger background would have been needed to really make it work, so showing me artwork would have made me think it looked as pretty as the first, but I would want script or storyboards to convince me.
Still, it's not happening, and I'm not thinking that's a particularly bad thing, are you? It might mean we get a Sin City sequel sooner rather than never.