Quentin Tarantino is one of those filmmakers who has so many ideas for what he still wants to do some day, but either takes a helluva of a long time to get around to them, or nothing even comes of them. For avid fans of the man, this is so often a disappointment. So what’s the next idea Tarantino has in mind? A Western, that’s what.
Whilst at the red carpet premiere of his WWII flick, Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino himself revealed to Empire his interest in doing a Western at some point – “Well I still want to do a Western, I haven’t done a Western yet. I keep flirting about with it, but I haven’t done it yet.” That, of course, isn’t confirmation or an announcement that’s what the director will be doing next, but it just lets us know he’s interested in doing it.
However, for those (such as myself) who would love to see QT dabble in cowboy hats and six shooters (ooohh, did that sound wrong?…), it won’t be soon since it’s just an idea at this stage – “Well I won’t be able to do anything in ten months from now, because I don’t even know what the next movie’s gonna be.”
Although technically the Western would be a new genre for Tarantino, his resume so far reads as a whats what of genre homages: With Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction it was crime/gangster, with Jackie Brown is was blaxploitation, with Kill Bill Vol.1 and 2 it was martial arts, with Death Proof it was 70’s exploitation homage, and with his upcoming Inglourious Basterds, it’s war. A Western is something he tipped his hat to in Kill Bill Vol.2, specifically the spaghetti Western (the music of classic composer of that genre, Ennio Morricone, littered that movie).
Oh, and for you Asian cinema fans out there, Tarantino also starred – in a small role – in Takashi Miike’s phonetically-English-spoken Western, Sukiyaki Western Django a couple of years ago (see header image).
It may just be the Tarantino fan in me, but I would absolutely love to see him do a Western at some point. He’s not just a filmmaker but a true movie fan, and he’s proved time and time again that his knowledge of a lot of different types of films is almost encyclopedic in nature.
I’m sure, like all of his other movies, his version of a Western would have countless homages to the best (and most obscure) examples of the genre and more dialogue than anything else. As a Tarantino fan that is exactly what I look for in his movies.
However, with the amount of different movie ideas that get mentioned by Tarantino and never come of anything, it’s hard to imagine his Western will happen anytime soon.
Would you like to see Quentin Tarantino do a Western?
Inglourious Basterds opens on August 21st, 2009.