Quentin Tarantino Non-News Roundup
When people ask me about my favorite filmmaker (and, rest assured, no person has ever done this), my answer is automatic and unwavering: Quentin Tarantino. If someone were to put a gun against both Tarantino's head and the head of a cute child, I'd have a difficult time weighing which one to save as I'm a big believer of Aristotle's "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."
It's always fun when a new Tarantino film comes out, not just because of the film itself, but because it means we get tons and tons of entertaining Tarantino interviews in which he often makes plans for phantom films and shares unexpected views. The guy's not shy and goes all in on his opinions even when they inspire double takes from his acolytes.
This round has been no exception. So far we've learned that Tarantino detests digital and plans on retiring soon, which one probably already assumed. We also got an earful about his hatred for the typically adored genre master John Ford, which maybe wasn't so easy to guess ahead of time.
There's also been a lot of talk (particularly in the same interview with The Root in which he put forth his John Ford views) about a hypothetical Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained trilogy capper Killer Crow:
"I don't know exactly when I'm going to do it, but there's something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f--ked over by the American military and kind of go apes--t. They basically -- the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an "Apache resistance" -- [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland.
So that was always going to be part of it. And I was going to do it as a miniseries, and that was going to be one of the big storylines. When I decided to try to turn it into a movie, that was a section I had to take out to help tame my material. I have most of that written. It's ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it."
That's probably not going to happen. Just look at the language: "I have most of that written… I just have to write the second half of it." Tarantino always wants to stay in the worlds he creates, which speaks to his enthusiasm, but leads to a lot of projects that he'd only do if he could make it work without losing a couple years in the process. There's that Vega Brothers film he always used to talk about. He's only recently finally shut down the idea of a third Kill Bill film focusing on Vernita Green's daughter. This feels like the same kind of deal, but then again, so did Death Proof in a way.
I'm more interested in an alternate future path Tarantino has laid out recently. In both his THR Director's Roundtable appearance and on a recent episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Tarantino has shown an interest in working within the television miniseries format, which would allow him to go as big as he wants, story-wise, with fewer concessions for time. In that Ferguson interview, he also mentions possibly doing a children's film. Sign me up for that shit right now. Kids films done by people who know what they're doing are usually incredible. Here's the video, via /Film:
Then there's all the regular fun Tarantino stuff. For instance, Tarantino's opinions on Prometheus in that Craig Ferguson clip are pretty good and make me wish he would continue at length on that subject alone (I'd also kill to hear him discuss The Dark Knight Rises). In an interview with Charlie Rose (via ScreenRant), he talked about how much he'd like to work with Johnny Depp, probably the ideal actor in need of the automatic refill of artistic credibility Tarantino rolls typically offer, unless you count John Travolta again. We've yet to receive his 2012 best of list, but I'm waiting with bated breath.
None of this is really news (why on Earth wouldn't Tarantino want to work with Johnny Depp?) but it's fun. Plus you're hungover, and I want to distract you from killing yourself. If you had to pick what film Tarantino were to work on next, what would you choose: The kid's film, the mini-series, or the Killer Crow film starring Johnny Depp and Spike Lee?