Inglourious Basterds Prequel?

Inglourious Basterds is so damn good that it may be getting a prequel!

Actually, I have no idea how good it is but I do have high hopes. Writer/Director Quentin Tarantino has already labeled it a masterpiece and it is debuting at this year’s Cannes Film Festival at the end of the month so we’ll find out pretty soon how good it really is.

To put this prequel talk in context, Tarantino interviewed with The New York Times about Inglourious Basterds, its location shooting, its use of authentic language, story, revenge and the project's long-in-development history.

The interview discussed what the movie is all about and what it means for Tarantino personally. It’s a great interview, so head over to The New York Times website (link at the bottom) to read more. The three little snippets I took for you to see are the opening and closing lines of the article and one interesting one from the middle. First off:

“THIS ain’t your daddy’s World War II movie.”

Tarantino opened with this line and a grin, referencing the Star Trek ads which tell folks that J.J. Abrams' reboot "is not your father’s Star Trek.” In the interview he also clarifies that his film is not a remake of the 1978 Inglorious Bastards movie of correct title-spelling, he just liked the name. He clarified by saying:

“It will be in the original category at the Oscars.”

Very optimistic of Tarantino - First he calls the movie the masterpiece he wanted made before the decade’s out, now he’s talking Oscars. I wonder if this film can win the Palme d’Or award at Cannes just like Pulp Fiction did fifteen years prior. Last but not least, Tarantino hinted at what the future may hold pending the success of Inglourious Basterds:

“I have a half-written prequel ready to go if this movie’s a smash.”

If they want big money, we need some better advertising which we’ll be sure to get during the summer. The clips I frequently see in the theater always involve that scene Brad Pitt talking to his team and demanding his Nazi scalps, but that scene isn’t very stellar and it doesn’t make use of Brad Pitt’s appeal as a bankable star. We need more of the awesome we saw glimpses of in the Inglourious Basterds trailer.

I love Tarantino films and I love the concept of this movie and what I’ve seen so far from it. So, I’m an easy sell on this and a prequel and its one of my most anticipated films left this year. What about you?

Inglourious Basterds hits theaters August 21, 2009.

Source: The New York Times

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