Opening this Christmas is The Hateful Eight, which is the eight film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Over the years, Tarantino said that he wants to make 10 movies before retiring from filmmaking and taking up a life of writing novels, film criticism, and other creative endeavors. So it looks like there will only be two more Quentin Tarantino movies before he calls it quits.
While his statements on retirement aren’t official or binding, it seems that the director is very serious on keeping his filmography at 10 movies. Although QT always talks about possible new projects he’s working on (which will most likely never come to fruition), like Kill Bill 3 or the Vega Brothers movie with John Travolta and Michael Madsen, it will always be interesting to hear what he might do next.
Recently, during the press conference for The Hateful Eight in New York City, Tarantino talked about four ideas for potential new movies, but it’s unclear which would be his next two. Let’s take a look at his movie ideas.
It’s no secret that QT is a fan of the books of Elmore Leonard. He adapted the author’s “Rum Punch” into Jackie Brown in 1997. It appears that he might also adapt Leonard’s Forty Lashes Less One as a TV mini-series, instead of a feature film because it would be too long for something for the big screen. Tarantino explained:
“The third Western could actually be a TV thing. I’ve owned the rights for a while —I get them and I lose them and then I get them. This piece which I think really demands that I make it which is Elmore Leonard book called ’Forty Lashes Less One.’ I actually think if you’re going to call yourself a Western director today, you need to do at least three [films]. And I would really like to do [the Leonard book] as a mini-series, like an hour an episode, four or five hours —I’d write and direct it all. And it’s right along the lines of ‘Django [Unchained]’ and ‘Hateful Eight,’ as it deals with race and it all takes place in a territorial prison. It’s a really good book and I’ve always wanted to tell that story, so we’ll see.”
There’s also a potential spin-off/sequel to Inglourious Basterds called Killer Crow that Tarantino could make one day. When he was originally working on the first draft of the WWII film, it was much longer with more storylines and characters than what appeared in the final version of the Academy Award winning movie. He stopped working on it to make Kill Bill, but picked it up again and re-worked Inglourious Basterds to make it smaller. Killer Crow was actually part of the original Inglourious Basterds, which Tarantino talked about with The Playlist:
“The thing is, the huge stuff that I took out could make its own movie, following a platoon of black troops that were court-martialed and they escape. They are in France, they are going to be hung in London and their whole thing is to get to Switzerland. And they end up getting into an adventure and they meet the Basterds, so I ended up taking all that out. So I could still do that. I’m not done with it. It’s the closest thing that I have which is a big piece of material that hasn’t been done before. And I would still need to end it and relook at the whole thing again, but that could happen.”
As movie fans know, Quentin Tarantino is a big fan of jumping around from genre to genre whenever he comes out with a new movie. He’s one of the rare directors out there that can go from making a martial arts movie like Kill Bill to a grindhouse slasher film like Death Proof without missing a beat. When asked about making a straight up horror film as one of his next movies, QT responded:
“I don’t know. I did do my little deconstruction on the slasher movie with [‘Death Proof’], but I don’t think I have the right kind of temperament to do something like ‘The Exorcist,’ that is all about one tone of dread carrying through. I like breaking up [tones] a little bit. If I were really going to do a horror film, it would something like [shifting tones], but I honestly don’t think I have the right temperament. I like going up and down and up and down and I think that would take away from the horror.”
Finally, when asked if he’d ever make a movie in a genre that he hadn’t tackled yet, Tarantino talked briefly about possibly making a gangster movie. He revealed:
“It would be fun to do a ‘30s gangster movie, like ‘Bonnie And Clyde’ or ‘Dillinger,’ with the tommy guns and that kind of thing. That’s something I haven’t done and that would be cool.”
Honestly, it would be awesome if Tarantino made an over-the-top gangster movie full of bullets and blood, but it would be more interesting to see QT make a romantic comedy or science fiction film. Considering that he has a penchant for writing stylized dialogue with strong characters, he would be perfectly suited for the rom-com genre. As for sci-fi, it’s one of the major movie genres that Tarantino hasn’t tackled yet, so it would be nice to see him make a movie in space with aliens or something set in the future. That would just be wild! But at the end of the day, movie fans and general audiences will be excited for whatever Quentin Tarantino makes next.
The Hateful Eight will open in a limited “Roadshow” release in 70mm on Christmas Day before expanding wide on December 31st.
Source: The Playlist