Should / Could Fonda Play Barbarella Again?

Jane Fonda as Barbarella

Jane Fonda as Barbarella

Finally! A remake to appeal to boomers. Barbarella will be remade to screen in 2008. I know I’ll be disappointed because of the difference in hormone levels between 1968 and now. The strip scene in the opening credits was worth the price of admission at today’s prices, let along 1968 ticket prices.

This was a drive-in favorite too!

As I remember some details, I’m surprised that the recliner thingy hasn’t made it to market. OTOH, maybe it has and I just don’t know about it.

The first producer Dino De Laurentiis had this to say:

“Barbarella” is a world where you are completely free to unleash all your fantasies, creativity and imagination — where the possibilities are limitless,'” commented Robert Rodriguez. “I love this iconic character and all that she represents, and I’m truly excited by the challenge of inviting a new audience into her universe.”
“Barbarella is the ultimate science-fiction adventure heroine: smart,
strong and sexy,” said Dino De Laurentiis. “In our vision, the future is
female, and I can’t wait to introduce ‘Barbarella’ to a new generation of

Fonda was directed in the movie by Roger Vadim, one of her husbands. I don’t remember which.

Fonda Today

Fonda Today

At least in her own mind, Fonda thinks she could still play the part.

She says, “They’re not knocking down the doors of someone almost 70 in Hollywood. I want to make an erotic movie about a woman over 70. There’s this cultural vacuum that, when you hit a certain age, you’re not sexual anymore. The contrary is true. We’ll see if I can do it. Got to get it written first. I’ve already mapped out the love scene.”

I say, let’s give her a shot. At least an audition – something that could be posted on Youtube.

UPDATE: Rumors are flying that Halle Berry will be the new Barbarella. That sounds about right, get an Oscar and cash in with the boys (of all ages) as Barbarella.  Smart woman, that Halle.

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Should / Could Fonda Play Barbarella Again? — 4 Comments

  1. Oh God, not Barbarella again. One of the worst movies in history, yet my husband insists on watching it every time it’s shown on cable. (Like most men of our generation, I suspect.) I think though that if Jane Fonda were cast in the part today, he would throw up in his mouth.

  2. Hi there,
    I just discovered your blog and this post.
    Ultimate movie this is. So is Jane Fonda in the role of Barbarella. She is and will always be the “Queen of the Galaxy”. It’s one of my favs. And I still watch it every once in a while. Soundtrack by Bob Crewe is fantastic.

  3. Hello MindBlob: always a thrill when somebody discovers me. I tweeted at ya.
    You convinced me I need to buy Barbarella. I’ve forgotten so much.