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Refn to helm ‘Barbarella’ series

Gaumont Intl. Television reteams with Martha De Laurentiis

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Gaumont Intl. Television, the L.A.-based arm of the Gallic mini-major, has tapped “Drive” helmer Nicolas Winding Refn to bring “Barbarella” to the smallscreen.

Refn will helm and exec produce the series with Martha De Laurentiis. No word yet on a scribe.

Skein will be based on the French sci-fi comicbook character created by Jean-Claude Forest that inspired helmer Roger Vadim’s 1968 pic “Barbarella” toplining Jane Fonda.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to reinvent ‘Barbarella’ with my friends at Gaumont and Martha De Laurentiis,” said Refn. “And I look forward to bringing this unique character to life for a new generation of fans as I believe she is one of the ultimate counter-cultural characters.”

Announcement was made Wednesday by Katie O’Connell, CEO for Gaumont Intl. Television, and Christophe Riandee, vice CEO for Gaumont.

De Laurentiis is also working with Gaumont on the NBC series “Hannibal.”

Julien Forest and Jean-Marc Lofficier will co-exec produce the skein.

Gaumont Intl. Television’s ambitious slate includes Bryan Fuller series “Hannibal,” starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, for NBC, as well as the Eli Roth series “Hemlock Grove,” starring Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard, for Netflix.

The French studio, which backed the comedy blockbuster “The Intouchables,” is producing two of Refn’s next feature films, including “Only God Forgives,” starring Ryan Gosling.

Refn is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Independent Talent Group.

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