Quentin Tarantino has been relatively mum about what his next project could be. There have been rumored projects like a 1930s gangster movie, a KKK revenge tale and a Len Deighton adaptation as far back as his filming of Inglourious Basterds. But Tarantino also likes to take his time when making a picture. (Six years passed between the release of Jackie Brown and Kill Bill.)
Yet, here we are again with more Tarantino news. Last week was the revelation that the unrated, combined cut of Kill Bill, entitled Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, would screen later this month, and now there’s word on his next project, a Spaghetti western with the likes of Franco Nero, Keith Carradine, Treat Williams (aka TV Show Killer) and Chrisoph Waltz, who won an Academy Award for his performance as Hans Lanza in Basterds.
With all the hoopla of the Oscar parties, Deadline was able to obtain some news about Quentin Tarantino, the Weinsteins, and what’s next. From the looks of it, Tarantino has completed a draft of the script, and will turn in a final version in a couple of months, with production to start afterward.
Tarantino looks to have bitten the writer’s block bug telling Deadline that his latest script “just flowed out of him.”
As to what his new film will entail, The Playlist made mention of comments Tarantino made near the end of his press tour for Inglourious Basterds. He talked about wanting to make a western but with a twist on time and place. “I’d like to do a Western. But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times. With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with. Let’s shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time. And I would call it ‘A Southern'”
Tarantino is a polarizing director no doubt, but with the critical and commercial success of Inglourious Basterds, you know the Weinsteins are chomping at the bit to see what he’ll do next. And when you consider the success True Grit has had, I’m pretty stoked about Tarantino tackling an issue like slavery but in the mold of a spaghetti western.
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