Tarantino’s Western To Be ‘A Southern’ About Slaves?

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

In July of last year we reported on the fact that Inglourious Basterds writer/director Quentin Tarantino is planning on some day doing a Western of some sort. It’s a genre he’s a big fan of and even tipped his hat to a couple of times on-screen (Spaghetti Westerns in Kill Bill Vol.2, and he appeared in a small role as a cowboy in the Japanese film Sukiyaki Western Django as seen in the above header).

However, with the amount of ideas Tarantino has in his head for movies – from a remake of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! to a third Kill Bill – it’s hard to think that we’ll see a Tarantino take on the Western genre anytime soon.

However, in an update to the possibility, Tarantino recently spoke to NY Daily News about doing a Western and revealed some interesting info about what he has in mind for it. As a huge fan of the man, my immediate thoughts on what a QT Western would be like is within the framework of a regular Western but littered with references to previous movies within the genre and with the violence played up for (black) comedy.

But Tarantino has something different in mind – instead of it being a Western per se, it would be “A Southern.” What’s that, I hear you ask? I’ll let Tarantino explain:

“I’d like to do a Western. But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times. With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with. Let’s shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time. And I would call it ‘A Southern.’”

The word “controversy” immediately comes to mind. A loose take on the Western genre involving telling the tale of slaves in the South of the US? And not only that but make it an “adventure” of sorts? As the guys over at Cinemablend cleverly point out, I’m sure Spike Lee will have a field day calling Tarantino out on THAT one (FYI, Lee has had a problem with QT using the “N” word too much in his movies for years).

However, you have to hand it to QT for coming up with an original way to do a Western than the million and one other ways we’ve seen in the last century. And I’m sure along with the hook of a new take on the genre we’ll get the trademark witty dialogue we’ve come to expect from Tarantino’s work. I’m very intrigued to see what becomes of this project, although with Inglourious Basterds taking 10 years to hit screens I’m not gonna’ hold my breath for a Western from the director within the next few years.

Do you like what Tarantino has in mind for his Western? Do you think the “Southern” slave idea would cause a lot of controversy?

Source: NY Daily News

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  1. hes the only one left with original ideas..

  2. That sounds like a great idea to me. I'm in. I'd much rather see that than a 3rd Kill Bill. Why would making escaped slaves the heroes be controversial though? He's obviously not intending to portray slavery in a positive light or anything…

  3. That is so true. I love Tarantino, and if I have to wait ten years to see this, so be it. It'll be worth the wait.

  4. Original…
    All his movies are based on flicks that exist…hell, for his latest effort he even lifted a title, so he changed a letter…

    He is a good director, but his constant “remake/movie refrence fetish” is getting old real fast.
    His movie are like gameshows now..”Spot all movie refrences and win the og flick”

  5. Anything he does i will watch. Simply as that. The guy is a genius.

  6. 4 words…It's.Never.Gonna.Happen!

    Tarantino is so good at telling us what he would like to do,but but not so good on actually doing it.

    I guarantee any of you that the next thing that he actually does is something that hasn't been mentioned before.I wouldn't get too excited about this news if I were any of you.

    • LOL!! 2 years later with DJANGO UNCHAINED being a huge hit (the exact Southern Western described here)don’t you feel like a bit of a fool? How much money were you prepared to put down on this ‘guarantee’? I guess hindsight really is 20/20, eh?

  7. I want to see him put Keanu Reeves in a Western/”Southern”.

    Why?

    Because it is my personal opinion that Keanu needs a movie in which his use of the word “whoa!” is justified.

    Seriously…I've polled folks and asked which was more likely to happen first…Jesus Christ doing three shows a night at Radio City Music Hall (with The Rockettes as backup dancers), or Keanu making it through a WHOLE MOVIE without saying “whoa!”…

    Jesus is leading by a 3-to-1 margin.

  8. Yawn

  9. lol, that was good!

    As for a Tarantino “Southern”, I'm all for it!

  10. This sounds good. QT is no stranger to controversy so this is right up his alley. I didn't realize Spike Lee enjoyed calling him out… I mean it's not like QT SAID the “N” word… just wrote it and got an actor to say it. I'd love to see him and Spike get in a battle over this!

    • actually he has in pulp fiction he said it couple of times

  11. That's not the only fetish QT has

  12. Spike has called him out on it before……..I think it was around the time Jackie Brown was released. Sam Jackson came to his defense though. Citing that rappers always use it and never get in trouble. Hell he even said that they made a good movie which was something spike hadn't made in a while.

  13. Here's the article if anyone wanted it.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_

  14. quentin taratino is just trying to cause more tension between blacks and whites. he knows this will cause trouble and that's what he wants. this is a stupid idea and its unfortunate that the only fresh idea he could come up with had to be racial.

  15. Why don't you develop a rational, coherent opinion before you post? Instead of randomly accusing a gifted filmmaker or being a racist with no logical evidence. And I in no way meant to “like” this comment. I clicked it by accident and can't undo it.

  16. Why don't you develop a rational, coherent opinion before you post? Instead of randomly accusing a gifted filmmaker or being a racist with no logical evidence. And I in no way meant to “like” this comment. I clicked it by accident and can't undo it.

  17. quentin taratino is just trying to cause more tension between blacks and whites. he knows this will cause trouble and that's what he wants. this is a stupid idea and its unfortunate that the only fresh idea he could come up with had to be racial.

  18. Why don't you develop a rational, coherent opinion before you post? Instead of randomly accusing a gifted filmmaker or being a racist with no logical evidence. And I in no way meant to “like” this comment. I clicked it by accident and can't undo it.