The return of Barbarella

Apparently film producer Dino de Laurentiis (God, that's hard to type correctly) wants to make another film of Barbarella. Apparently if it goes ahead it won't be a remake but a "completely new Barbarella".

Based on a French comic, the original 1968 film starred Jane Fonda as the titular heroine, back in the days before she became a leftie activist (the director, Roger Vadim, was her husband at the time). Perhaps best known for the opening credits sequence in which Fonda stripped out of a spacesuit in zero gravity, it's a firm favourite of single men with over-developed right biceps. And, ahem, us.

Now, this isn't the first time Barbarella's dipped a dainty toe into the murky waters of development hell. We seem to remember that Drew Barrymore was lined up to star in a new version a few years back, but nothing ever came of it.

We're torn about whether we want this to happen or not. On the one hand, the original film was very much a product of the swinging sixties - how can they hope to recapture that spirit properly nowadays? On the other hand... Drew Barrymore stripping off in zero gravity? Hmmm.