Amazon gets on board Barbarella series

Streaming service Amazon has reportedly come on board the Barbarella TV series.

The show, from Gaumont International Television, is being written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writers of the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) will executive produce.

French premium pay broadcaster Canal+ was announced as a broadcaster partner back in 2012 when word of the project first came about. US website Deadline reported yesterday that Amazon’s production arm, Amazon Studios, is now also attached.

TBI contacted Gaumont, which said it could not officially confirm the story.

The Barbarella series will be based upon the Jean-Claude Forest’s French comic book series, which preceded the 1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi fantasy film.

If confirmed the Amazon deal would be the second with a streaming service for Gaumont’s TV division, which also has horror-drama Hemlock Grove on Netflix.

The agreement means Barbarella will go out on the Prime Instant Video service in the US and on Lovefilm in the UK and Ireland.