Sydney Sweeney to star in Barbarella remake

The cult classic Barbarella is gearing up for a remake, we look at 3 times the film made its way into popular culture.

Based on Jean-Claude Forest’s French comic book series, and originally adapted to film by Roger Vadim, in 1968, Barbarella, is getting a 2022 remake. The new movie is still in development with Sony, no writer or director attached, but says that Sweeney is expected to executive produce.

The Euphoria star has some big shoes to fill but appears to be ready for it, sharing a ‘time to go save the universe’ Instagram post earlier today.

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Jane Fonda’s performance in Barbarella has thus far been stand-alone, with history showing, a remake of the classic space sci-fi, as yet never getting off the ground.

Robert Rodriguez was set to remake the film in 2009, it was suggested at the time that the budget for the lead actress, his gf at the time lead actress Rose McGowan was too steep. A TV adaptation whose pilot was to be directed by Nicolas Winding-Refn also fell by the side.

Here we are in 2022, and if all goes to plan, we may see a new version of the cult classic Barbarella hit our screens for a new generation. This raises the question, should moviegoers do themselves a favour and watch the original classic first? 

Three times Barbarella made its way into popular culture.

Kylie Minogue – Put Yourself In My Place

The single was taken from her fifth self-titled studio album and accompanied by the music video directed by Keir McFarlane. The clip was inspired by the famous undressing scene in Barbarella, featuring Minogue impersonating the titular character in a spaceship while getting undressed. It went on to win the Best Video award at the 1995 ARIA Music Awards


Duran Duran

One of the biggest bands in the 80s,  Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor formed Duran Duran in 1978, where they became the resident band at Birmingham’s Rum Runner nightclub. There were many other nearby nightclubs, the most significant being Barbarella’s. They decided to name the band after a character from the sci-fi movie Barbarella. Milo O’Shea played the character named Mr Durand Durand. The band was among the first to feature videos on MTV’s 24-hour music channel which propelled them to fame. 

Flash Gordon 

Flash Gordon is a 1980 space opera film directed by Mike Hodges, based on the King Features comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. Visually styled in a similar vein to Barbarella, in particular, the showdown when the Hawk Men, who look a lot like the winged angels in Barbarella.


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Stay tuned, there is word for a full multimedia wave of Barbarella nostalgia projects set to come our way.