And guess who he is considering as a cast?
"Ladies and gentlemen - welcome to violence!"
The 1965 black and white movie is about three thrill-seeking go-go dancers who meet a young couple in the desert. After killing the boyfriend, they decide to drug the girlfriend and take her along for a high speed, scantily-clad, "hay-making, karate-chopping, belly-busting, judo-flipping," romp through what would have to be just about any teenagers' overactive and under-sexed imagination.
This is the movie that John Waters called "beyond a doubt, the best movie ever made. It is possibly better than any film that will be made in the future."
Meyer felt that a movie had everything when it contained speed, sex and violence. (thus the peculiar title of the film.) As was the case for most of Russ' films, Faster Pussycat is big on gratuitous 60's-era T&A and comically strong stereotypical women. You don't really see a Russ Meyer film expecting to be wowed by spectacular "mis en scene," however Russ's work does have a distinct style that will no doubt be something Tarantino takes full advantage of.
Typical of Russ' work, it wasn't much of a hit when it was originally released in the theaters, however its one of those films that literally spawned the grindhouse genre and because of this, has become a cult hit ever since.
In 1995 Roger Ebert said of the movie, "Take away all the jokes, the elaborate camera angles, the violence, the action and the sex, and what remains is the quintessential Russ Meyer image: a towering woman with enormous breasts, who dominates all the men around her, demands sexual satisfaction and casts off men in the same way that, in mainstream sexual fantasies, men cast aside women." Most people dont realize it, but Ebert later helped Meyer write "Beyond the Vally of the Dolls," probably Meyer's most commercial success and a film Paramount pretty-much disowned.
It's no surprise that Quentin Tarantino would want to remake Faster Pussycat. I would even go so far as to suggest that last year's "Death Proof" was merely a warm up exercise before he attempts to make the ultimate re-imagining of the Grandaddy of grindhouse flicks.
However, what scares me is the casting that the Variety article mentions:
His first casting choices are Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes and -- oh, please! -- Britney Spears. What, no Lindsay Lohan? LL loves 1960's cult-trash. She wants to re-make Ann-Margret's "Kitten With A Whip." Lindsay could become Quentin's new muse. Look what he did for Uma Thurman.
Seeing as how Britney seems to be pushing the throttle of the crazy train into high gear towards career meltdown, our guess is that she probably won't be available (or coherent enough) to do a film anytime soon.
Now Lindsay, on the other hand, (and trust me, I shudder to even consider this) but Lindsay would actually be perfect for a part in a film like this. Especially in light of her recently overly-documented trysts with three different Italian stallions over the course of her 24 hour stay on the isle of Capri. All that becomes prologue for her possible transformation that with a little work could re-shape her career from a ditzy 20-something Hollywood party slut, to sultry, vampy vixen, reminiscent of some women from Hollywood's golden age.
As far as we can tell, there has been no other confirmation of Tarantino working on this project other than the Variety article. We'll start digging around and see if there is any truth to the rumor. Then wait with baited breath that the result would be something that could become legendary.
In the meantime, here is the original trailer for the 1965 Russ Meyer film to whet your appetite.
As always, stay tuned.