There are few filmmakers currently working who can cause a stir with even the suggestion of an upcoming film. For all his often unrealized talk about new ideas that he’d like to explore, Quentin Tarantino remains very much in demand and his films are often regarded as one of the biggest events of the year when they are released. This being the case, it seems only natural that when Tarantino teases his next film, people pay attention.
Over the years, Tarantino has spoken so much about ideas that he’s toying with, fans have learned to take everything he says with a grain of salt. There was talk of a Mandarin language martial arts film, a follow up to Inglourious Basterds with an all-black cast, a “really, really scary horror film,” a third chapter in his Kill Bill series – the list goes on and on. Yet despite these possibilities, fans can’t help being swept up by the ever-churning imagination of the director.
As it’s been some time since we last heard any news from Tarantino on how he plans to follow up last year’s The Hateful Eight, the time is now apparently ripe for an update. Deadline is reporting that Tarantino spoke about a “work in progress” he’s been researching for four years, which deals with how the 1970s marked a turning point for American and international cinema. The director made the comments during a masterclass he was holding at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France, saying:
“Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I’m figuring it out.”
When asked why he chose the 1970s as a specific point of exploration, Tarantino explained:
“…by the end of 1967, new Hollywood had won, only they didn’t know it yet. And Old Hollywood was over by 67 even though they didn’t know it yet.”
In terms of filmmaking in the 1970s, Tarantino pinpointed the year as a precise date in the annals of American cinema where:
“…anything that even smacked of Old Hollywood was dead on arrival.”
For Tarantino fans, this news of a potential film based on the history of filmmaking in the 1970s may be something of a surprise. Should the acclaimed filmmaker stick to his guns on his often-reiterated plan to retire after making ten movies, fans can only expect two more Quentin Tarantino efforts before his self-imposed deadline arrives. With the sheer number of prospects he’s teased over the years, a film like the one he's describing here would be a dramatic and potentially interesting shift away from his usual fare. But it does raise one key question: if he were to film this as a documentary, would the director still count that as one of the final two films he intends to make?
Given that Tarantino has listed other possibilities for methods in which to explore this latest idea, there's no telling whether or not this idea will become a film or something else. Tarantino’s imagination seems overloaded with ideas and aspirations, so much so that until cameras actually start rolling, no one will know for certain what his next project will be.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on any news of Quentin Tarantino’s next project as it occurs.