For a while now it’s been confirmed that Robert Rodriguez would direct an update of the campy 60’s sci-fi film Barbarella. Coming off his work on Grindhouse, I can’t think of many people that would be better suited for the project, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve. Unfortunately, according to the New York Observer, it looks like the movie may already be in trouble, with Universal reportedly backing out of the project over a casting disagreement.
It seems that Rodriguez wants to cast his girlfriend Rose McGowan in the lead role of Barbarella, and he simply won’t take no for an answer. To be fair, I do think that she would be great for the part, and according to Rodriguez, the Universal execs loved her screen test too. So what’s the problem here? Well if you want to believe Rodriguez’s side of the story, he says the issue is actually the escalating budget of the film. Universal originally agreed to $60 million, but after going through the script they estimated the film would require closer to $82 million. It’s unclear what might happen to the movie, assuming this report is true. Executive producer Dino De Laurentiis could technically continue to fund it without the help of Universal, but everyone seems concerned about the fact that “RobertÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision is blurred by Rose”. Love… what is it good for? It’s not good for business, that’s for sure!