Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Trailer for Seventh Son
Jeff Bridges gets his Gandalf on
Second Shaun The Sheep Teaser Is Here
He's off to pastures new...
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
04 August 2014
Will Ferrell Might Be Russ Meyer
In indie pic Russ & Roger Go Beyond
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
I Heart Huckabees
Empire Star Rating
Three Kings (2000)
Empire Star Rating
Spanking The Monkey (1995)
Empire Star Rating
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Empire Star Rating
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Russ Meyer Biopic For David O Russell?
What could possibly be the attraction?

18 March 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

David O Russell seems keen to challenge Tim Burton for the title of Director With the Most Potential Projects in the Works. Not content with Old St Louis, Two Guns, Uncharted, Under Cover, Cocaine Cowboys and a cop movie with Ice Cube, Russell is now attached to a biopic of smut auteur Russ Meyer, in the early stages of development at Fox Searchlight.

Meyer, a filmmaker from the age of fifteen, shot newsreel footage during WWII, and in peacetime began to find success as a glamour photographer, shooting picture sets, including some centrefolds, during Playboy's early years. In the early 60s he started filming soft porn "nudie cuties", before hitting on his own niche of weirdly violent live-action cartoons, full of massive-breasted, aggressively dominant women, and spineless quivering men. And Charles Napier. Once publicly accused of being "nothing but a tit man", he retorted "That's only the half of it."

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! was the flick that put him on the map, followed by such equally scurrilous classics as Vixen!, Supervixens! and Up! He liked exclamation marks almost as much as he liked boobs. Roger Ebert was such a fan that he wrote the script for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and Meyer really was an auteur, in that he wrote, produced, directed, and self-financed most of his films, and retained all the rights. He died a rich man in 2004. His headstone reads "King of the nudies. I was glad to do it."

The biopic's script doesn't exist yet, but the pitch that Fox are negotiating to acquire comes courtesy of David O Russell's former assistant Merritt Johnson, who plans to adapt Jimmy McDonough's brilliant Meyer biography Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: a nicely balanced critique as well as a fascinating life story. Johnson also wrote Lovelace, the biopic of the Deep Throat star that's currently percolating, so it's clear in which filthy direction his interests lie. For shame.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

DJ Caruso Talks Preacher
Pine? LaBeouf? Pettyfer?!
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Many Deaths Of Sean Bean
The actor talks us through his on-screen offings

Rogues Gallery: Powers Boothe
Sin City's Roark talks us through his most memorable baddies

Richard Attenborough: In Celebration
Saluting a man who made a lasting impact on cinema and beyond…

Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)