New ‘Barbarella’ TV series from ‘Drive’ director hires ‘Skyfall’ writers

Bond writers Purvis and Wade will help director Nicolas Winding Refn revive the '60s sci-fi heroine

Skyfall screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are to script a new TV show based on iconic comic book character Barbarella.

The sci-fi heroine became popular in a series of comic books created by Jean-Claude Forest, which came out between 1962 and 1964. Barbarella was famously depicted by Jane Fonda in a 1968 film of the same name.

Plans for a Barbarella TV series were first unveiled last June (2012). Nicolas Winding Refn, the filmmaker behind Drive, will both executive produce and direct.

Refn said in a statement: “I’m extremely excited that Neal and Robert have signed on to develop and write Barbarella with me. I’m certain that the combination of our creative forces will produce a show that is as enthralling as it is sexy.”

As well as co-writing last year’s Skyfall with John Logan, Purvis and Wade have teamed up to script four other Bond movies, including Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace. The screenwriting duo have recently confirmed that they will not pen 007’s next big screen adventure, but they are set to write a movie version of Kojak starring Vin Diesel.