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Barbarella Remake to Have a Screenplay

Write Stuff: Screenwriter Joe Gazzam has been hired to script the Robert Luketic–helmed Barbarella remake, a modern take on the 1968 erotic sci-fi drama, which starred Jane Fonda as a space traveler who saved Earth by boning everyone in the universe. Gazzam hasn’t yet written anything that’s made it to theaters, but we completely approve of his name. [HR]

Mission Accepted: Un-famous writers Josh Applebaum and André Nemec (both worked on Alias for four seasons) have been tapped by J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise to pen the screenplay for Mission Impossible 4. The pair are responsible for ABC’s upcoming Happy Town as well as for the network’s now-canceled Life on Mars. “I’ve been looking forward to working with Josh and André again for years,” says Abrams, not adding, “Also, since nobody’s ever heard of them, bloggers who compile trade-news roundups at 6 a.m. will have a difficult time writing jokes about this.” [Variety]

Future Hood: Atlas Entertainment and Hollywood Gang, the production studios behind Dark Knight and 300, are giving the Robin Hood story a “futuristic makeover.” Nicolai Fuglsig, best known for this commercial, is signed on to direct the movie, which will be set in a dystopian version of London in which we hope there are no Bryan Adams songs. [Risky Biz Blog/HR]

Person Gets TV Show: MTV has given a pilot order to some person named Robert Hoffman on the strength of his viral website and his performance in Step Up 2 the Streets, for which he won an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, making him the network’s most talented on-air employee in approximately seventeen years. [HR]

Yeah, Right: Director Jason Reitman has his own production company: Right of Way Films will be backed by Indian Paintbush, the company responsible for Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Coming soon from ROW are movies based on scripts by Jenny Lumet and the Duplass brothers. [Variety]

Louis, Louis: Unbeknownst to anyone, FX has stealthily shot an untitled half-hour comedy pilot starring Louis C.K., based on the comedian’s life as a divorced parent. The show will be comprised of stand-up footage and sketches, which will feature actors playing his ex-wife and children. We bet his ex-wife is thrilled about this. [Variety]

Barbarella Remake to Have a Screenplay