David O. Russell, the hotheaded (but brilliant!) director behind such films as The Figher, I Heart Huckabees, and Three Kings, has, in each of those films, tackled such themes as perseverance and family, the meaning of live, and recognizing human dignity in the midst the horrors of war, respectively. And now, in tackling the story of Russ Meyer, he might just make a movie about a dirty old man who directs juggy exploitation films. Score!
According to Deadline, “Fox Searchlight is negotiating to acquire a pitch package for The Fighter helmer David O. Russell to direct a feature about Russ Meyer, the maker of exploitation B-movies like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Super Vixens.”
The film is set to be written by Merritt Johnson (Russell’s assistant on Three Kings), who previously penned HBO’s Temple Grandin and the upcoming Linda Lovelace/ Deep Throat biopic, and will be based upon Jimmy McDonough book, Big Bosoms And Square Jaws: The Biography Of Russ Meyer, King Of The Sex Film, which is about as charming as bios get, folks.
To break down the Meyer story, Deadline has it like this:
“Meyer began plying his trade in exploitation fare in the early 1960s, as the country was loosening up and the sexual revolution was getting under way. His trademark: placing buxom actresses in grindhouse fare that he wrote, directed, produced and even distributed. To say his casts were well rounded would be an understatement.”
Meyer died in 2004. Could 2011-2012 bring about his cinematic revival?
What do you think of a Russ Meyer film?