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Universal Wants Rose McGowan in "Barbarella"

Posted: October 26th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Universal Wants Rose McGowan in "Barbarella"Submit Comment
It seems that Universal wants to put an end to any rumors by confirming that the studio was happy with Rose McGowan as the lead in the "Barbarella" remake. Prior to this, statements have come forward that director Robert Rodriguez has been pushing for McGowan to star, for the simple reason that she has been his girlfriend for the past year. Since then, Rodriguez has been accused to have cloudy judgment and the studio would never back a film without Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba or other popular actress in the lead.

Now, DeadlineHollywoodDaily got the chance to speak to a Universal exec who said the following: "He's getting a bum rap here. [It was] a rather spectacular screen test of Rose playing the role of Barbarella that also demonstrated Robert's vision and visual style for the movie. We all saw that it would work and signed on."

The studio read a treatment. Then a draft. Then another draft. "And all of us got our arms around the real movie Robert wanted to make. It had grown in its ambition. Robert's visualization of a sci-fi universe flushed out in set pieces and sequences started to become apparent. It was a much larger film than we had originally discussed."

And it came with a larger cost, moving from under $60 million to over $80 million. That gave Universal pause. With the WGA strike looming, and every studio in panic mode to get projects into production, the Universal execs decided the price tag was no longer in their comfort zone. Rodriguez shaved the budget down to $72 million, but that was still more than the studio wanted to spend.

Even though Universal is saying that McGowan is perfect for the role of Barbarella, I still have a feeling that the studio just simply wants to put this behind them and not embarrass a talent like Rodriguez. It's always easier to say that the budget ballooned, than to insult a person. I personally think that McGowan is amazing, but the fact that "Grindhouse" bombed with her in the lead, speaks volumes for Universal. They are simply not interested in a risk of that size.

Click here to read more about "Barbarella."

Source: DeadlineHollywoodDaily


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