In just a few weeks, we've gone from hearing that Inglourious Basterds would be 40 minutes shorter (a rumor Harvey Weinstein forcefully dismissed saying "There’s no fu**ing way") to the possibility of a whole new Inglourious Basterds film. In the same GQ interview in which he dismissed the runtime rumors, Weinstein spoke at length about a possible Inglourious Basterds prequel.
"I’m not tellin’ you! [But] Brad wants to do Inglorious II. We all want to do it. And the movie hasn’t even come out yet!...He [Tarantino] had so much stuff mapped out, we could have done like 3 movies. It was just epic. We could do two movies, three movies."
Apparently, Quentin Tarantino had so much material that Basterds was originally conceived as a television series along the lines of HBO's Band of Brothers.
"I was begging for the movies, but Quentin wanted to do the TV series, Bob [Weinstein] wanted to do the TV series, so it was like two against one, you know? And I was getting outvoted all over the place, so I just figured, “All right, forget it, I’m not gonna be a loser, I’ll jump to the winning side.” And then Quentin turns it into one movie. Go figure."
As much as I would love a QT-produced TV mini series, I'm glad Inglourious Basterds ended up as a feature film. In fact, I'm so excited about the movie that I'm on board for a prequel already.
What do you think? Is it too early to be talking prequels and sequels, or are you excited about more Tarantino?
Inglourious Basterds is set to hit theaters on August 21, 2009.