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'Barbarella' series is coming to Amazon, reports Deadline

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Barbarella poster
Barbarella poster

Deadline reports that Barbarella, the 1968 sci-fi cult classic, is being rebooted for Amazon. According to unnamed sources, Gaumont International Television has set up shop at Amazon Studios to produce a pilot for the new series. The pilot will join fellow Amazon original shows Alpha House and Betas when it launches, though the studio offered no official date for the show's release.

For those who've never seen the movie, Barbarella features space angel Jane Fonda fighting evil with the power of love (and her indomitable sex drive) as she attempts to prevent a world-destroying weapon from falling into the wrong hands. Despite this genius, studios have thus far failed to revamp it for modern audiences. Robert Rodriguez — who just recently managed to update From Dusk Till Dawn for TV — wanted to remake the film back in 2007 with Rose McGowan in the lead role, but abandoned the project after production problems. This new take has been in development since 2012, and may yet be the most successful attempt at putting someone back in the Excessive Machine.