A few days ago Ms. Monika B. was wondering who the new Barbarella should be, and while we don't have an answer on that just yet, we do know that the project is definitely moving forward; old-school mega-producer Dino De Laurentiis just gave the directorial reins to Peter Webber, the man who helmed 2003's Girl with a Pearl Earring and next week's Hannibal Rising.

Variety indicates the Dino D. is promising a "female James Bond in outer space," which probably isn't all that great of an idea, considering how awful James Bond is when he visits outer space. (My apologies to all you Moonraker fans.) And this is far from Dino's only new (massive) project. He still plans to produce Baz Luhrmann's long-gestating Alexander the Great project, plus he's also got the Butterworth Brothers working on "an underwater epic about a killer whale," which makes me think ol' Dino might be getting just a little bit senile; he already made that movie, and most people really hated it.