May 12, 2009 02:21 PM EST

Robert Rodriguez Puts Barbarella To Rest

According to MTV Movies Blog, the remake of "Barbarella" has officially been put to rest. Robert Rodriguez has been planning for a few years to do the film, but do to lack of funds, and other circumstances, the project was canceled.

"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. 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.'"

Rose McGowan was to star in the film as the title character, which was played by Jane Fonda in the 1968 original.

Rodriguez said that it was a "bummer" to have to drop the film.  "We had all this artwork and screen tests of what it would look like. It was a really cool, R-rated, sexy-almost like that [1981 animated] movie, ‘Heavy Metal'-version of a ‘Star Wars' movie. Something that no one ever could get to see. It was gonna be really great."

Rodriguez says that he hopes to at least release the artwork some day.

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