The new take on Barbarella is off

Robert Rodriguez couldn't get funding

Looks like we won’t be getting to see Rose McGowan stripping off a spacesuit any time soon: Robert Rodriguez’ version of Barbarella has ground to a halt.

Rodriguez was just the latest filmmaker attempting to get the 1968 sci-fi pic remade, having hatched a deal that included Universal stumping up the budget and McGowan starring in the film with him helming.

But with the cost soaring past $80 million, the studio pulled out.

Still, Rodriguez tells MTV that he kept on trying to find someone else to fund the film.

“It came to the point where a company from Germany offered us a $70 million budget, which would have been by far the biggest budget I ever would have had for a movie, he says.

“But I had to shoot it in Germany and post it in Germany. Nothing against Germany, but I have five kids and I was like, ‘God, I don’t know if we can do that. I don’t know if I can be away that long.’”

According to the director, it’s a real shame we may never get to see his vision for the new Barb, since he was knee deep in cool concept art.

“It was a real bummer. We had all this artwork and screen tests of what it would look like.

“It was a really cool, R-rated, sexy, near Heavy Metal-style version of a ‘Star Wars’ movie. Something that no one ever could get to see. It was gonna be really great.”

His next step is apparently to try to get the artwork out as a book, and focus on other projects, like Machete and, if we’re really patient, Sin City 2.

[Source: MTV]

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