There’s a couple of news items of the Quentin Tarantino variety that have popped up this week: The first is that the director is apparently making a Spaghetti Western as his next directorial project, with a solid cast of actors already lined up.

The second bit of news is that at long last, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, the full-length cut of Tarantino’s epic revenge flick, will be shown in U.S. Theaters.

Regarding this Spaghetti Western: The Playlist spotted a story on Italian film site Movie Player, in which Italian actor Franco Nero was quoted at the Los Angeles Italia Festival as saying that he his next project was a Sergio Leone-esque spaghetti western that was attracting a several Hollywood names, including Keith Carradine, Treat Williams and…Quentin Tarantino.

AICN then picked up the ball and ran with it, offering several details of what is going on in Tarantino land at the moment:

  • Tarantino’s camp claims the director is currently hard at work on a script; what that script is they wouldn’t say.
  • AICN got it from other sources that Tarantino’s next film (and presumably the script he’s working on) is in fact a spaghetti western homage to Sergio Leone.
  • Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) is reportedly already attached to the project.
  • The title of the film is NOT The Angel, The Bad And The Wise, as is being widely reported.
  • It hasn’t been confirmed that Carradine and Williams are attached, but it’s certainly plausible; Nero is likely in the cast as well.
  • Shooting on the film is expected to star soon in Italy and Spain – when it will start shooting is still questionable.

Now, the only real confirmed bit of “news” in that list is that Tarantino is working on something. I for one believe that it is a spaghetti western, because I know from previous interviews that Tarantino is a big fan of the genre (specifically of Sergio Leone) and making homages to his favorite film genres and directors is basically what QT does best.

Furthermore, casting actors in multiple films, casting popular foreign actors, established character actors and seemingly over-the-hill American actors are all QT trademarks, so it’s easy to believe that Waltz, Nero, Carradine and Williams are all part of the cast. As far as I’m concerned, we should be hearing an announcement about this Tarantino western in the near future. Stay Tuned.

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair Screening

ACIN got word the uncut, unrated, saga of The Bride’s revenge – entitled Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair – will finally be screened in the U.S.

The entire Kill Bill saga (sans the O-Ren Ishi anime segment) was screened at the Cannes Film Festival back in 2006. The full-length movie offers both volumes of the saga, plus additional material which was cut from the domestic and international theatrical versions of Kill Bill 1&2 (except for in Japan, where some of the material was included).

The version that will be screened in the U.S. is said to be “The Unrated combined version which has never been seen in the United States,” and Cinematical speculates that this could mean the inclusion of a never-before-seen anime segment that Tarantino developed with famous anime studio Production IG (Ghost in the Shell) – the segment was left on the cutting room floor when Kill Bill was ultimately split into two parts. Tarantino has since added to the segment, so even if it isn’t included in this upcoming screening of The Whole Bloody Affair, I’m sure fans will pry it loose from the director eventually – I know I’m interested to see it, as it reportedly chronicles O-Ren Ishi’s quest for revenge against the man who killed her father. Pretty sweet.

Unfortunately, unless you live around Los Angeles’ famous revival theater, the New Beverly Cinema, you won’t get to see Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (sorry, was this all a tease? :-D). If you do live in the Los Angeles area – or are willing to embark on the mecca – then you can check out the new cut of the Kill Bill saga  as part of Tarantino’s March takeover of the theater. There’s a pretty impressive lineup of Grindhouse films as well, so check out the schedule HERE.

For the rest of us fans – we’ll just have to hope that Tarantino eventually releases Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair on DVD/Blu-ray (or at least gives it a wider screening).  Hopefully, renewed interest in the saga will lead to Kill Bill 3 coming to fruition.

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair will be screening at the New Beverly Cinema for an entire week, March 27 – April 2.

Sources:The Playlist, Movie Player ACIN, Cinematical