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No Rose

For Barbarella

10/24/2007 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Universal Studios has taken one giant leap back from backing the remake of "Barbarella." The movie, which was set to be directed by "Sin City" boss Robert Rodriguez, was also set to star his new fiancee, Rose McGowan.

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A source tells the NY Observer's Transom the studio was unhappy about the casting choice, and when Robert refused to find someone else, the studio's only option was to drop the deal altogether. A Rose by any other name -- will not do!

Rodriguez has denied these claims and said that the reason for the parting of ways was all about budget, saying that the original backing offered by Universal was $60 million, but by shooting time, costs had ballooned to $72 million.

TMZ contacted reps for McGowan and Rodriguez, but have yet to receive comment.

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stephen    

Keep in mind this guy directed Spy Kids. And just because he blows Tarantino people act like he's got talent. Who the hell would give this guy 72 million to make anything, let alone a remake of a crappy film with a crappy "actress"??? And wasn't it you Robert Rodriguez who once made a film with 23,000 dollars??? I guess you've lost your touch... if you ever had one.

2553 days ago
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SedonaChick    

Carmen Electra would be the perfect choice. I love that movie. We need a chick who's funny, open to nudity, sexy as all hell and wouldnt mind doing a sort of B style movie. I say Carmen Carmen CARMEN! Thank you.

2553 days ago
18.

Kate    

Check the guys profile and latest photos on horsematch.com /

2552 days ago
19.

MARSIN    

isnt this old news from a week or two ago

2552 days ago
20.

Leela    

For people who refer to Barbarella as a "crappy" movie, it was a campy fun sci-fi romp, intentionally silly made back in the day when movies were harmlessly sexy and today found in collections of cult classic fans. This is the kind of movie that you watch tongue-in-cheek with popcorn and your sense of humour intact. Lindsay Lohan would be the perfect choice for this film provided she can stay clean and sober. Despite her problems she is a talented actress and can pull off that innocent young Jane Fonda look quite easily. I like Rose McGowan but she is way too tainted for this role after making garbage like Grindhouse and didn't she used to date Marilyn Manson? And is she the one who showed up at a music awards show a few years ago wearing that dress that was nothing but a bunch of chains, so revealling she should have been arrested for indecent exposure? I'm a huge fan of Charmed, otherwise I would have no idea who she is.

2552 days ago
21.

dee    

This is one of the worst cases of nepotism I've ever seen. This girls talent is limited. Just because he is sleeping with her doesnt mean she is right for the part. Saw her is Charmed. She is ok but nothing to brag about. Robert is trying to build up HER career meanwhile he is going to ruin his. He is definately thinking with the "wrong" head".

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