Quentin Tarantino is going from strength to strength, and I for one adore his movies. Reservoir Dogs was awesome, but Pulp Fiction was true genius, and Tarantino has rarely come down from the level of brilliance (let’s forget Death Proof). However, of late, with Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, the talky director has shown a new passion for filmmaking, and while I am not saying films like Kill Bill vol 1 & 2 and Jackie Brown are not classics, his last two films have really felt like he is a director on a mission, and the very top of his game, untouchable.
In the run up to Django Unchained, Tarantino talked of how he wanted to quit the directing business and go out on top. In my opinion, he will always be on top, and whenever he chooses to quit, he will never be forgotten as a true craftsman of stunning cinema. However, he promised to leave after ten movies, and as he closes in on his nice “round number”, it would appear he may be having a change of heart (hurrah!).
In an interview with The Independent, the director said “OK, it would sound really cool because it’s a round number and it would make sense as I would have made three movies per decade, but it’s not fixed in time. I still have some more things to do before being done with movies.”
So that’s very good news that stopping at ten may not be the plan after all. However, I am going to use the “sandwich” affect here as we move on to some upsetting news. Kill Bill vol. 3 is not going to happen, and even though it has been talked about, and even announced (according to IMDB), Tarantino is just not interested. He made this clear last year, and said it again during the interview, stating:
“There are no genres I absolutely want to do any more, like ticking boxes: ‘This, done’. I don’t think about Kill Bill 3 that much, as… we already visited them,” he said.
So yes, that is bad news, but what I have done here is follow the bad news with some good news. Tarantino has suggested that he may want to direct a horror film next. But, take this with a pinch of salt as it appears to be said in passing, but he told the Independent:
“If there was something I would like to work on again, it would be Honshu’s movies, maybe. Or a horror movie, perhaps.”
Exciting news indeed, but remember that he has a number of ideas on the cards at the moment, and with Django Unchained having been released a year ago, just maybe his next film will be announced soon.
A short while ago we reported that Tarantino’s next film could be a Western, and below is part of that report:
While he could not give any details as to what exactly the new film will be about, Tarantino did confirm that his Django follow up will indeed be another Western:
“I can’t talk that much about it,” he told Leno, “but I will say one thing — I haven’t told anybody, but I will say the genre — it’s a Western.”
Tarantino was quick to say that his new film will NOT be a Django sequel:
“It’s not a Django Unchained sequel, but it’s another Western and the thing is I had so much fun doing Django, and I love Westerns so much that, after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘Well now let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.”
Drew McWeeney at HitFix has some ideas as to what Tarantino’s next film will be about. During the release of Django Unchained, Tarantino spoke of making a follow up film about abolitionist John Brown, treating him as a mythic hero and basically approaching it as a Western. Back in 2009, the director also spoke of his ideas for this film, saying:
“One story that I could be interested in doing, and it would probably be one of the last movies I do. My favorite hero in American history is John Brown. He’s my favorite American who ever lived… He basically single-handedly started the road to end slavery and the fact that he killed people to do it. He decided, ‘Okay, if we start spilling white blood, then they’re going to start getting the idea.’”
McWeeney also says that Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt has said that Tarantino is interested in making a movie set in the Australian Outback, and it would be a sort of Australian Western (or whatever you would call it).