Quentin Tarantino has almost become more famous than some of his films themselves. The director has achieved a level of infamy that few other filmmakers in history have, where his name alone is often what warrants the price of admission to one of his films. Other examples include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and more. Now, the director is prepping to release the eighth film in his career with The Hateful Eight, a Western that was not only shot with 70mm cameras, but is also his longest film to date with a running time of over three hours.
While an embargo restricts me from sharing my full thoughts on the film, I will say that the director has taken yet another exciting step in his filmography. However, Tarantino has also stated multiple times that he only plans on making ten total movies, which means fans might only have two more films to look forward to from the critically-acclaimed filmmaker before he sets his camera down for the final time.
During a recent interview with The Playlist too, Tarantino was asked about what his future projects might include, and staying in line with some previous reports, he did mention a TV miniseries adaptation of a beloved Elmore Leonard novel:
“The third Western could actually be a TV thing. I’ve owned the rights for a while — I get them and I lose them and then I get them — this piece which I think really demands that I make it which is Elmore Leonard book called Forty Lashes Less One. I actually think if you’re going to call yourself a Western director today you need to do at least three [films]. And I would really like to do [the Leonard book] as a mini-series, like an hour an episode, four or five hours, I’d write and direct it all. And it’s right along the lines of Django Unchained and Hateful Eight as it deals with race and it all takes place in a territorial prison and it’s a really good book and I’ve always wanted to tell that story, so we’ll see. I’m hoping I’ll do that eventually.”
He was also asked about Killer Crow, which is a film that Tarantino has been rumored to be working on before, and takes parts from Inglourious Basterds that were cut, and turns them into their own movie. While the filmmaker had previously stated that the film would not happen, it looks like he might have changed his tune, teasing the film as possibly following a group of fighters taking on the Nazi regime at the same time as the Basterds:
“The thing is, the huge stuff that I took out could make its own movie and it followed a platoon of black troops that were court-martialed and they escape. They were in France, they were going to be hung and in London and their whole thing was to get to Switzerland. And they ended up getting into an adventure and they meet the Basterds, so I ended up taking all that out. So I could still do that. That’s the closest thing…I’m not done with it. It’s the closest thing that I have which is a big piece of material that hasn’t been done before. And I would still need to end it and relook at the whole thing again, but that could happen.”
(As a die hard fan of Inglourious Basterds, I would see this movie tomorrow at the drop of a hat.)
Looking back on Tarantino’s work though, it’s hard to think of a genre or tone that he hasn’t played with before, but the filmmaker revealed one genre that he doesn’t think he’ll ever step completely into:
“I don’t know, I did do my little deconstruction on the slasher movie with Death Proof but I don’t think I have the right kind of temperament to do something like say The Exorcist that is all about one tone that is dread that carries through. I like breaking up [tones] a little bit. If I were really going to do a horror film it would something like [shifting tones], but I honestly don’t think I have the right temperament. I like going up and down and up and down and I think that would take away from the horror.”
It is interesting that the filmmaker doesn’t plan on fully delving into the horror genre, considering the often gruesome and terrifying plot elements he plays with in a number of his films. However, also taking his often genre-bending stories into account, I can’t really see him making a movie that was only terrifying. Although, The Hateful Eight does mark the director’s transition into some darker tones and themes than he’s ever played with before, so I’ll never say never when it comes to Tarantino.
The Elmore Leonard adaptation has been rumored for a while now, and it seems like the miniseries format is something that he’s been wanting to do for some time, so I won’t be surprised if he ends up making that sooner or later. As for Killer Crow, I’m just going to sit here and hope really loudly that he ends up making that because it sounds almost too good to be true.
The Hateful Eight is set to hit theatres on December 25th.
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