LONDON – Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who co-wrote the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall, are teaming up to pen a TV show based on the 1960s sci-fi icon Barbarella.
Gaumont International Television, the L.A.-based production and distribution banner partners with French giant Canal Plus, to produce the show.
Barbarella will be based on the character created by Jean-Claude Forest and made famous in the 1968 film of the same name starring Jane Fonda.
Nicolas Refn directs and will executive produce the series alongside Martha De Laurentiis.
Co-executive producers are Julien Forest and Jean-Marc Lofficier.
The hire of Purvis and Wade was announced Tuesday by Gaumont International Television CEO Katie O’Connell and Christophe Riandee, Gaumont vice-CEO.
Purvis and Wade most recently partnered on Skyfall, the global box office smash directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as 007.
“I’m extremely excited that Neal and Robert have signed on to develop and write Barbarella with me,” said series director and executive producer Nicolas Refn. “I’m certain that the combination of our creative forces will produce a show that is as enthralling as it is sexy.”
Wade described the character as “always beguiling and transgressive and we are excited to reimagine her journey in the company of Mr. Refn.”
Purvis and Wade are repped by UTA and Casarotto Ramsey & Associates. Refn is repped by WME and Martha De Laurentiis by CAA.