Barbarella | Edgar Wright to direct remake starring Sydney Sweeney

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Edgar Wright will direct a remake of Barbarella starring Sydney Sweeney, and here are details of the upcoming film.

It was reported last year thar Edgar Wright was going to direct a remake of Barbarella. The original 1968 film, adapted from the French comic book series by Jean-Claude Forest and directed by Roger Vadim, followed Jane Fonda as an astronaut from the 41st century. She sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

Jane Fonda has repeatedly claimed that she pushed its producer, Dino De Laurentiis to make a feminist take on the film many times but he always refused.

According to Deadline, the new film is now officially in development, with Wright directing from a screenplay by Jane Goldman and her daughter Honey. Sydney Sweeney will star in the picture too, we now learn.

It won’t go before the cameras for quite a while, because Wright and Sweeney are both knee deep in other projects.

In 2020 Wright was announced to be directing an adaptation of Adrian McKintey’s thriller The Chain (a novel which will make a terrific film, the premise being a mother whose daughter has been kidnapped, and in order to get her daughter back, the mother has to kidnap someone else’s child). Goldman was writing the script, but there have been no updates since and it seems to have been put on the back-burner. He is currently directing a remake of The Running Man from a script by Michael Bacall. Glen Powell is set to star.

Sweeney has had several films on the go since the gargantuan box office receipts of romcom Anyone But You, with Madame Web being a critical and commercial disappointnent earlier in the year and nun horror Immaculate flying somewhat under the radar. Her upcoming films include Echo Valley and Ron Howard’s Eden.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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