Tarantino Talks ‘Basterds’ Prequel & New Mystery Project

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

We’ve already known for quite a while that Quentin Tarantino is planning a prequel for his brilliant WWII flick, Inglourious Basterds. He already revealed back in May that he had half of the prequel already written, and a few months later, Inglourious Basterds producer Harvey Weinstein talked about the possibility of another film.

Now we’ve got an update on the Inglourious Basterds prequel, as well as on a new project that may be Tarantino’s next, thanks to NYMag (and The Playlist). Firstly, regarding the Basterds prequel, Tarantino said that he’s got 40 pages of it written – so not quite halfway as he said before, unless the runtime comes in at under an hour and a half, which for QT, I doubt.

Tarantino’s not giving out any details about what the prequel may be about (or letting anyone see the script), although if you’ve been paying attention to the prequel rumors, you may be aware of some of the ideas he has for it, for example, a storyline about a group of African-American soldiers behind enemy lines.

There’s no more information on the Basterds prequel for the time being, but moving on to the mystery project QT has up his sleeve, the writer/director reveals it’s going to be, “smaller, less epic in scale,” than Basterds and in, “a different genre entirely.” He says he could finish it in about a five-to-six month period of intensive writing, which probably means we won’t see it for quite a while. Unfortunately,Tarantino didn’t reveal ANYTHING about what it might be about, but with his track record, you can pretty much count on the fact that it’ll be different from what we’ve seen before (he moves from genre to genre quite freely).

inglourious basterds image3 Tarantino Talks Basterds Prequel & New Mystery Project

So what could this mystery project of Tarantino’s be and will it be his next? Well, with the help of the guys over at The Playlist, here’s a roundup of all the projects Tarantino has on the “maybe” slate: a spaghetti Western; a 1930′s set gangster film; and an adaptation of a Len Deighton spy novel. Could it be any of those? Of course, there’s the recently announced Kill Bill 3, but with Tarantino mentioning that his next project will be be in ‘an entirely different genre,’ I really don’t think a return to Kill Bill is what we’re going to see.

Whatever this new project is, I doubt we’ll see it for a long time, as Tarantino is notorious for announcing projects and taking absolutely AGES to get around to them, if he ever does (Basterds took over 10 years to hit screens, for example). As a huge fan of Tarantino, I’ll always be waiting for his next project. Here’s hoping this isn’t just one of those films that forever remains pending.

quentin tarantino on kill bill set Tarantino Talks Basterds Prequel & New Mystery Project

Tarantino on the set of Kill Bill vol. 1

As far as a Basterds prequel is concerned, I’d be okay either way if he made one or didn’t. Inglourious Basterds was such an amazing movie (best of the year, IMHO) that I don’t think it needs anything added to it. But at the same time, I would love to once again hear Tarantino’s witty and ever-listenable dialogue in a wartime setting.

Thoughts on an Inglourious Basterds prequel? Does it need another movie or is it best left at one? Also, what do you think this new mystery project could be? Is it any of those Tarantino already has on the maybe pile or is it a new project entirely?

Sources: NYMag and ThePlaylist

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  1. Whatever Tarantino does, I will be there to watch! He is a genius!

  2. Whatever it is, Samuel L will most likely be in it.

  3. basterds was so amazing no shocker there though its Tarantino anything he has ever made I watch immidietly with out hesitation and am allways happy when I leave the theater.

  4. Basterds was a great film. I really have only good things to say about it. The only thing that annoyed me was the villain. He really didn’t get the comeuppance he deserved. I know, he was scarred and all that. But this guy was pure evil. I wanted Aldo to at least kick his ass in a fist fight or something. In any event, it’ll be damn near impossible to match Inglorious Basterds — let alone top it. SIGH. As for Tarantino’s new genre flick, I hope its a spaghetti western.

  5. All I ask for in the prequel is that they give Til Schweiger (Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz) a bigger role. That guy made the movie for me and I was freaking shocked that he died (which is good, I like feeling strong emotions during a movie).

    I could not stop laughing when he was sitting next to the Nazi in the pub and just looking at him.

  6. Are you guys kidding?When has Tarantino actually followed up on something that he said was “gonna” happen,that wasn’t already in production.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on a Basterds sequel if I were any of you,because his track record shows that it ain’t gonna happen.

  7. Inglorious Bastards was best described as historically inaccurate Jewish revenge porn.

    Not only did it trivialise the realities of war, it depicted American soldiers (who were generally pretty decent) as a bunch of sadistic individuals who wouldn’t have looked out of place wearing a swastika.

    Tarentino may make a reasonable choppy-socky movie, but really, there are limits.

  8. Jason

    Get off your high horse.

    How can you say that most AMERICAN soldiers were decent? How do you know that? Were other countries’ soldiers NOT decent?

    Grow up. War brings out the worst in ppl.

    This movie was an “alternate” history. It was never meant to be anything more.

  9. Here’s hoping Basterds 2 will be more of a men on a mission movie than it’s predecessor.

  10. inglorious bastards was a good movie but the only problem with me in the movie is that they only showed the bastards like 3 or 4 times in the whole intire movie.

    bastards 2 movie will be awsome.

  11. dont care if its basterds prequel, kill bill 3 or western….as long as QT is behind it

    just wish he had made more movies

  12. Frankly, while Inglorious Basterds was fantastic, and I honestly think it’s Tarantino’s best film, I just don’t see a prequel working.

    Christoph Waltz MADE this movie. If he wasn’t in it, it simply would not have been as good. A prequel would most likely not include him. I don’t see how this African-American rumor would fit into the story at all, and I don’t think the Basterds themsevles could carry an entire story on their own.

  13. I heard it was a remake of a Swedish film called Millenium that came out this year in Europe… he was going to use english speaking Swedish actors, which won’t be so difficult if you ask me, almost everyone in Sweden dominates the English language. Either way he would definetly Tarantino it up (and if you ask me that would be sweet!!)

    But it’s just a rumor…

  14. Inglourious Basterds 2, With Michael Madsen and Samuel L. joining the cast (Sam L as the Black commander or something to that effect), and possibly explaining Aldo’s teenage-hood with the rope burn on his neck (Lynching?)

    Murder Mamba (Volume 3 of the Story of the Bride), with Uma Thurman, Julie Dreyfus, Daryl Hannah return as the latter two train Nickey (Vernita Green’s Daughter) into a warrior after she ran away from home when Lawrence Bell came home and blamed the daughter.

    Spaghetti Western with KKK elements and a large Slavery overtone. Dark Gritty and hardcore “The Good, The Bad and the EXTREMELY Ugly”

    there are my ideas :p or more like my dreams

  15. Just finished watching Inglorious Basterds, I really hope that he makes a prequel! Inglorious Basterds was awesome! Whatever movie he makes next, I will definitely go see it!

  16. i have a feeling its going to be a romantic comedy. i read somewhere that he wants to do one, and with hints like 'its going to be an entirely different genre all' im willing to put my money on it. though being a life time tarantino fan i must say im not too excited with him wanting to do any sort of comedy in general, i just would think a funny love story would be something a little too different for his style, BUT tarantino never seizes to amaze me so i trust him and it'll probably be pretty rad in one way or another, lol.

  17. yeah well its cinema, where you have the capability of bending reality. so the history books went one way and tarantino went another, so what! its a movie, he can do whatever he wants. so what your really saying is, unless a movie is non-fiction, it cant be good? cause with that logic you must be. your looking at your movies the wrong way duder.

  18. i have a feeling its going to be a romantic comedy. i read somewhere that he wants to do one, and with hints like 'its going to be an entirely different genre all' im willing to put my money on it. though being a life time tarantino fan i must say im not too excited with him wanting to do any sort of comedy in general, i just would think a funny love story would be something a little too different for his style, BUT tarantino never seizes to amaze me so i trust him and it'll probably be pretty rad in one way or another, lol.

  19. yeah well its cinema, where you have the capability of bending reality. so the history books went one way and tarantino went another, so what! its a movie, he can do whatever he wants. so what your really saying is, unless a movie is non-fiction, it cant be good? cause with that logic you must be. your looking at your movies the wrong way duder.

  20. I will always be first in line for all his movies.

  21. I will always be first in line for all his movies. He couldn’t make a bad He couldn’t make a bad movie if they paid him to do it.

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