The walking dead Norman Reedus star reboots’ 60s exploitation film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! for the small screen. Per Deadline, the Daryl Dixon actor and his bigbaldhead production company are teaming up with AMC Studios to develop a TV series adaptation of the ultra-violent film. It’s unclear if Reedus will star on the show as well, but he seems more than happy to be involved behind the scenes.
“I’ve been watching Russ Meyer’s movie since I was a kid, wearing my Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill! school shirt, ” Norman Reedus told Deadline on Monday. “It’s safe to say that I’m more than inspired by Russ’s style of cinema and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to reinvent this story for the modern world.
Plot details on the TV series adaptation are unclear, but it is said that the show will pay homage to the original but “will also go beyond fast cars and karate to focus on the strong female characters and the overthrow of cultural norms that was deeper in the bones of the film. Reedus will executive produce alongside bigbaldhead’s JoAnne Colonna and Amanda Vernon, and the sole trustee of the Russ Meyer Charitable Trust, Janice Cowart, will also serve as EP; the project benefits from the full support of the Meyer estate.
“I got on well with bigbaldhead right away,” Cowart said in a statement. “I have no doubts that this team is special and can be tasked with honoring Russ Meyer’s iconic film. I am more than happy to work with them alongside AMC. “
Russ Meyer directed and co-wrote the original film version of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! With Jack Moran, also produces the film with his wife Eve. The exploitation film follows three dancers who embark on a violent crime spree in the California desert, in the hopes of robbing a disabled old man of his hidden money. It was met with harsh reviews and a poor box office performance when it was released, but in the decades since it has grown much like a cult that even includes Reedus.
Reedus is perhaps best known for his fan favorite role as Daryl Dixon on The walking dead, a role he’s played since the show premiered in 2010. Despite the show’s high body count, Daryl remains one of his most enduring characters, and even though the show will end next year afterward. 11 seasons, we haven’t seen the last of younger brother Dixon yet. A spin-off series following Daryl alongside Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier is also in the works.
Since 2016, Reedus has also been directing his own television series, Ride with Norman Reedus, also for AMC. The show follows Reedus and a guest traveling by motorbike and exploring different locations. Now five seasons, the show concluded its fifth season on AMC last month. Some of the celebrities who have appeared as special guests include Peter Fonda, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Chappelle, Melissa McBride, Andrew Lincoln, Josh Brolin, Michael Rooker, Steven Yeun, and Sean Patrick Flannery.
It’s not clear when the new Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! will make its way to AMC. This news comes to us from Deadline.
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