Meyer directed and co-wrote the original movie version of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! With Jack Moran, also producing the movie with his wife Eve.
The exploitation movie follows three go-go dancers who embark on a violent crime spree in the California desert, hoping to rob a disabled old man of his hidden money.
AMC’s Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! series has the full backing of the Meyer estate, and though it’s still in the early stages, the plan is to go beyond the original and focus on the stuff that people grew to like about the film rather than the stuff it’s literally about.
In other words, Reedus and AMC plan to focus on the strong female characters and the overturning of cultural norms rather than just the go-go dancers killing and robbing people in the desert.
Reedus told Deadline on Monday:
“I’ve been watching Russ Meyer’s film since I was a kid, wearing my 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.”
Plot details on the TV series adaptation aren’t clear, but it’s said that the show 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 was deeper in the bones of the movie.”
Reedus is perhaps best known for his fan favorite role as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, a role he’s been playing since the show first premiered in 2010.
Despite the show’s high body count, Daryl remains as one of its longest-lasting characters, a spinoff series following Daryl alongside Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier is also in the works.
It’s not known when the new Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! will make its way to AMC.