Tarantino’s Lost Projects: ‘Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’
Almost more interesting than the films Quentin Tarantino has chosen to do are the ones he has either been rumored to be behind or has stated himself that he would like to do. In honor of Quentin Tarantino week here on the site, we thought it was time to go back and look over some of these lost projects. Some of them never got past the concept stage. Some might even still be lingering somewhere in the back of QT’s mind.
There’s no surprise to anyone in saying Tarantino has been working for a few years now on getting a remake of Russ Myers’ 1966 ‘Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ off the ground. The rumors began flying about this project back in January of 2008, when Liz Smith ran a small snippet about it in her column on Variety. The announcement also came from the New York Post. In her column, Smith had this to say about the project:
Tarantino wants his version to be even raunchier, natch. His first casting choices are Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes and — oh, please! — Britney Spears. What, no Lindsay Lohan?
Almost immediately, the rumor wagons began circling about who would be cast, particularly in the role of Varla made completely unforgettable by the performance in the original by Tura Satana. Later in 2008, July to be exact, Liz Smith ran another column, this time claiming that Tarantino had found his Varla. Smith claimed Tarantino was considering casting porn star Tera Patrick in the lead role of his remake.
Tarantino, who has admired her past performances, thinks his “Pussycat” remake may be the mainstream jumpstart Tera needs.
Once again, the New York Post followed suit in making this announcement even getting a comment from Patrick about the potential of her playing the part.
It would be the hottest remake ever, and I’m honored to be considered. I was built for this part.
These rumors quickly died out as another one came screaming at us later in the Summer. In August, the UK paper, The Telegraph, seemed to confirm something Liz Smith had hinted at all the way back in January. They claimed Tarantino had chosen, not “considering”, but had already cast, Britney Spears to the part. Here is what The Telegraph claimed a source told them:
Quentin is convinced Britney will be brilliant. She’s delighted. She thinks it could turn her career around.
It is perfect Tarantino material. He wanted to get Britney first. She’s playing the most important character.
This rumor, evidently, had reached Tarantino’s ears earlier in the year. He was claiming at Cannes in May that the idea of Britney Spears being cast in the film were complete bullshit. Those cries of falsehood were confirmed just days after The Telegraph ran their story. An unnamed rep for Spears had this to say to Access Hollywood:
Though she definitely intends to explore acting roles down the road, right now she’s concentrating on recording her next album.
Another source “close to Tarantino” simply said:
There is no truth to this.
In the Fall, we had the opportunity to sit down with none other than Tura Satana. Needless to say, the idea of Tarantino remaking her famed film came up. Here is what she had to say:
WAMG: So Tura, there are plenty of rumors going around about Quentin Tarantino remaking â€˜Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!â€™, can you tell us about that?
Tura: Yes, he is definitely making it.
WAMG: We are also hearing that he is looking at casting Britney Spears
Tura: No, that is not true. When I first heard that, I sent him an email and told him that, if she fills my role, I would come and castrate him!
WAMG: HA! Well, is he looking at you for advice and things of that sort?
Tura: Yes, we have talked about it. He is currently rewriting the entire script, I will definitely be involved.
You can check out the entire interview right here.
And that’s pretty much where the news about QT’s remake of ‘Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ ends. Since mid-2008, he has been hard at work on ‘Inglourious Basterds.’ The remake is still at the forefront of Tarantino fan’s minds, and it remains the one film talked about in this column this week that still has a pretty good chance of getting made. The IMDB page for it is still live, and, though he has been talking recently about finally doing a wester, this could be a project he revisits some day down the road.
And, for your chance to dish out who you think should play Varla, check out the Fantasy Cast we put together in this film’s honor.