DPReview Digital Photography. With Barbarella shooting in Italy, Vadim had been forced to substitute the hummingbirds for various wrens and lovebirds, but found them equally as erratic. Griffith later said that he had done uncredited work on the script; the production team "hired fourteen other writers" after Southern "before they got to me. Irish Independent.
As a director who expressed an interest in comics and science fiction, Vadim was hired to direct Barbarella after producer Dino De Laurentiis purchased the film rights to the comic series. It was pretty ludicrous.