Quentin Tarantino To Do A Western Next?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm,

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.

Source: Empire

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  1. Great article, Ross – I totally agree that Tarantino should do a western – that genre lends itself perfect to his style of character and action.

    Quentin, do this for us ;)

  2. It would be amazing, that by some miracle he could get Clint Eastwood to appear in his film.

  3. I want him to do a Western with Keanu Reeves; that way, Reeves has a REASON to constantly say “Whoa!”!!!

    I ask my customers at the store where I work which is likely to occur first:

    Jesus Christ stepping out of a flying saucer onto Times Square, and signing a contract for three shows a day at Radio City Music Hall with The Rockettes…


    Keanu making it through an ENTIRE MOVIE without saying “Whoa!”; so far, Jesus leads by a 12-to-1 margin.

  4. I want a QT western !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I would soooooooooooo love to see that :)
    ( and Basterds looks like fun!!! )

  5. As long as it’s not another Death Proof, he can do whatever he wants.

  6. QT might be nights. But in my opinion he is a film lovers dream director. He gives you great action, dialogue and memorable characters. In my opinion from every day observations, his movies are collectivley the most discussed and repeated line for line. In a genre with desperate need of a loyal director, I can’t think of anyone better aside from Clint Eastwood.

  7. Death proof is a awsome move! I didn’t like it the firt time but it gets better and better every time I watch it. I just wish they would put out the theatrical version of GRINDHOUSE with all the fake prevews (she-wolf of the ss,don’t,thanksgiving,and if you are one of the lucky few hobo with a gun)and both Planet Terror and Death Proof together .I loved how they had missing seans and the detiriation effect. How come the Japaness are the only lucky ones with a sweet six disce set that I have sieriously thought about buying a all reagion DVD player and shelling out a $100 dollers for.

  8. Quentin Please, make that Western movie.