Years on, filmmaker Russ Meyer remains controversial for practically every film he made, with Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) being widely considered one of his best, remaining a cult classic to this day.
Now, according to Deadline, this film is being adapted into a new television series by Walking Dead star Norman Reedus’ bigbaldhead production company who has a two-year deal with AMC.
The original film, which starred Tura Satana as the leader of a trio of go-go dancers who go on a kidnapping and killing spree in the California desert; Deadline says the new version will “pay homage to the original but also go beyond the fast cars and karate kicks to home in on the strong female characters and the overturning of cultural norms that were deeper in the bones of the movie.”
Reedus told Deadline that he’s been watching Russ Meyer’s movies since he was a kid. He added that he wore his Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! shirt to school.
“It’s safe to say I’m beyond inspired by Russ’ style of filmmaking and I am over the moon excited for the opportunity to reimagine this story for the modern world.” The series has the full backing of the Meyer estate.
Meanwhile, Reedus is getting a Walking Dead spinoff about his character, Daryl, and Melissa McBride’s Carol ― which is set to debut in 2023.