Quentin Tarantino Working on a New Western Script

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Director Quentin Tarantino may have originally made a name for himself with modern crime thrillers like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, but his two most recent films have taken a few leaves from the history books – then crossed out parts and added plenty of notes in the margin. Both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained use real and very sensitive periods of history as a backdrop for classic tells of revenge and retribution, so many are wondering if Tarantino will continue that pattern in his next project.

Exactly what that next project is remains uncertain, though multiple different ideas have been mentioned. Tarantino usually puts out a new movie every two to five years, so there’s no doubt that he already has something in development; the only question is, what will it be?

A new answer has emerged during Tarantino’s appearance on The Tonight Show this week, during which Jay Leno pressed the filmmaker for details about what he’s currently writing. Tarantino remained tight-lipped about the plot details of his current script, but nonetheless gave away one significant piece of information:

“I can’t talk that much about it, but I will say one thing. I haven’t told anybody about this publicly, but I will say the genre. It’s a Western. It’s not a Django sequel, but it’s another Western. 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 ‘OK, now let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.’”

This isn’t the first time that Tarantino has expressed an interest in making more Westerns. He’s previously mentioned abolitionist John Brown as a great potential subject for a biopic, and HitFix is reporting that a couple of sources point to Tarantino wanting to make an Australian Western set in the Outback. With Tarantino having said that Kill Bill Vol. 3 will probably never happen, it seems reasonable that he would want to continue with his current trend.

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino Working on a New Western Script

Prior to this interview, Tarantino indicated that he wanted to make a movie called Killer Crow, which would return to the World War II time period and follow a collection of black troops who are betrayed by the American military and go on an “Apache warpath,” slaying swathes of white soldiers on their journey to Switzerland. This doesn’t sound like the Western that Tarantino mentioned in the Tonight Show interview, especially since he said that the genre of that film was the first detail about it that he had revealed to the public, and the mystery makes it all the more intriguing.

Tell us in the comments which Tarantino movie you want to see next: the John Brown biopic, Killer Crow, the Australian Western or something different entirely.


Source: The Tonight Show (via /Film), HitFix

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  1. Tarantino is my Second Favorite director of All Time. Whatever he does, I’m In… However, Since I know it’s a western, I just hope it is something Different… Although I have to confess that He never ceased to Surprise me. :)

  2. I work for a company that shows movie trailers in Omaha to people in the mall and we watched the BEST trailer for MANBABY

  3. Django was bad enough , despite three exceptional lead performances from DiCaprio, Waltz & Jackson.

    Don’t need another cartoony, soulless western from Tarantino, who still yet hasn’t recaptured his from from Reservoir Dogs & Jackie Brown.

  4. Hope he goes easy on the squibs this time. I enjoyed Django, mainly because of DiCaprio and Waltz, but the bloodletting was a bit ridiculous.

  5. Ughh no.

    Only reason I don’t want to see that again, or “Killer Crow”, is because its less likely he’d use Christoph Waltz again. He does such a great job in those films

  6. A sad story. Tries to evolve and decides to make a film called ‘Jackie Brown’. Superb, mature piece of work. Tanks at the box office. QT panics. Refers back to type. Therefore, QT has only made one film in his career. The rest have been movies.

    I am tired of these movies. I would kill for another QT film.

    • Hipster.

    • Do you attempt to write your comments as if they are poetic monologues, or are you just pretentious by nature?

      QT, for better or worst, has never sold out or censored himself. He makes great FILMS, which are movies. No matter the hipster differentiation, films and movies are the same, its the quality that separates them.

      That being said. QT worst film is death proof. And that’s saying a lot because its still entertaining.Everything else has been constant gold. I’m all for opinion, but lets stop with the internet opinion of perception and talk film with an actual understanding. Please.

      • Chicago, I don’t think I have found anyone anywhere who is a fan of the pretentious hipster attitude. I am not sure why anyone wears it like a badge of honor. Alas…

        I have found though that one of the best cures for pompous attitudes towards film-making is to actually work on at least one film in a creative capacity. In the meantime, probably best to just tolerate it.

        • Meh. I would suggest I am more nerd than hipster. But then I have never been sure what a ‘hipster’ actually is, so…

          Quite the assumptions to make though based on one comment. It is merely an opinion, nothing more. I’m not right. You’re not right. ‘Death Proof’ and ‘Django…’ are the only movies of QT I have not enjoyed (to the extent I even had film stills of ‘Pulp Fiction’ on my wall aged 14). I just simply would put ‘Jackie Brown’ up there with the finest works of many a director.

          I would like another ‘Jackie Brown’.

  7. Because it’s Tarantino, people are going to go. If he wants to continue in the Western genre, but clearly wants to go in a non-Django direction, how about a black and white Snow Western that blends elements of Howard Hawks and Budd Boetticher films like Red River and The Tall T?

  8. Wow, a throwback genre film- what a surprise. I wonder if it will be full of 70′s music, absurd scenes of violence, or references to old exploitation films? Always doing something new, this guy.

  9. I love westerns, my favorite movies = Good,Bad, Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the west. I also enjoyed Tombstone and Unforgiven and Assassination of Jesse James but my favorites are the Speghetti Western.

    I would love if QT makes a proper speghetti western rather than a southern/western and uisng elements of hip hop in the sound track. Django was great but it wasnt spaghetti enough for me. I would love a western more true to a Sergio Leone films with both Josh Brolin and Daniel Day-Lewis as the perfect cast. I’d also take Michael Fassbender, Sean Bean, Edris Elba, and Javier Bardem

    • I totally agree but Micheal Fassbender is a bit too – i know how this sounds but poncy. Like he’d need some serious facial hair and scar to be masculine in my mind. Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost) I would totally add to that list. If he used Bardem it’d have to be as a good guy – he’s been the creepy baddie too many times. Hugh Laurie as like a saloon keeper or villian could be awesome. Charlie Hunnam could also be good but not as a lead. brad pitt would be good, but he’s already been there done that to some extent. Wouldnt mind the original Robocop too – peter weller he has that skinny but hardened look.

    • Dang, that’s…. that’s not a bad cast at all. Fassbender would definitely have to be a villain in it though. Anything else would be uncivilized. ;)

    • if you like spaghetti westerns check out RIO COMANCHE an R.G. internet art film….on YOU TUBE I created the film myself, : http://youtu.be/lZYYt_lAA7U

  10. A great deal of westerns, particularly the spaghetti westerns deal a great deal with organized crime, robbery and fraud. So, I could imagine Tarantino mixing up what he learnt from those crime films, and Django into a western with a complicated crime kafkeesque twist.

  11. I’m gotten rather tired of Tarantino’s grandstanding, verbose, cartoonish versions of movie genres. He is capable of a good scene, bits of great dialogue and certainly has demonstrated a knack for comic situations, but the plotting of his movies are drearily similar things, film to film. It is one thing to be the audacious kid who delights and trangresses sensibilities by twisting , distorting and subverting crime , western and world war 2 genres, but the truly inventive director matures and moves beyond audacity and develops a manner where style is not a flashy suit but rather a means to get across new ideas about old emotions. His recent work shows no growth what ever, save for an improvement of technical competence. He has rather created hi own set of cliches and seems intent on plagiarising himself. He is the most predictable this side of Woody Allen.

    • Agreed. He’s never made a movie that I haven’t enjoyed, but he seems to be afraid of his own voice. He seems to be revelling in these comic exploitation collages when he no doubt has a voice COMPLETELY his own that we haven’t seen in some time.

  12. The Aussie western is extremely intriguing to me. Perhaps starring Geoffrey Rush?

  13. hopefully it’s not terrible like django was

  14. Wow a lot of hate on Django Unchained here, idk why movie was beautiful, I guess there is not open minded ppl here, I love QT works, when i first seen Pulp Fiction I was hooked on his movies. That is why I enjoy this guys work! His mind just go beyond everyons and that is why he is unique. I find it funny when ppl say. “it was just ridiculous! or that was so cartoony!” well open your minds up because that is what he is all about, if you can’t watch it, then please go watch another movie you damn hipsters. ;)

  15. Django was cool apart from that poxy Jay Z song scene. Now that was selling out.

    • Rick Ross and Tupac were on the soundtrack not Jay Z, go learn some stuff.

  16. Well… technically Django wasn’t a Western because the entirety of the film takes place in the South ;-)

  17. Django Unchained is currently rated 8.5/10 on imdb.com

    Universally acclaimed so to hell with the hate..

    I would love to see Daniel Da-Lewis & Johnny Depp cast in a Tarantino flick of any kind..

    Carry on..