If Quentin Tarantino is indeed serious about scrapping his Hateful Eight script, then the next natural question to be asking is, what is next for the renowned, often times controversial, writer and director?
Tarantino has spoken candidly about three ideas through the years that he has, in some way or another, abandoned to fan’s dismay. All of them sound like intriguing projects that he could very well begin to look into again.
In a Dec. 2012 interview with The Root, Quentin Tarantino revealed plans to make a trilogy out of his latest two films Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained. The third film would mix elements of both projects by exploring a group of black troops who are screwed over by the American military and in anger they, similar to Lt. Aldo Raines and the Basterds, would go on an “Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base.” No update has been reported on whether this is a project still on his mind.
Kill Bill Volume III
Fans have been clamoring for a third part to Quentin Tarantino’s 2004 and 2005 bloody, revenge thriller. Volume I and Volume II centered around a character known as The Bride, portrayed by Uma Thurman, who is on a path of remorseless and bloody revenge to find Bill. The titular character, along with his Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, killed her soon to be husband and attempted to murder her during their wedding, while she was pregnant. Like all of Quentin Tarantino’s projects, this was a one of a kind franchise, mixing homages to Italian spaghetti westerns, Honk Kong martial arts and Japanese chanbara films.
Volume II concluded with The Bride, later revealed to be named Beatrix, finding out her daughter survived and was living with Bill, who she would finally exact her revenge on. Beatrix would then live happily ever after with her daughter.
After completing Inglorious Basterds in 2009, Quentin Tarantino had his mind set on Kill Bill Volume III as his next film, which he planned to be released in 2014. The reason for such a long time was to give The Bride and her daughter 10 years of peace – Volume II having been released in 2004. Tarantino hinted at Nikki Green, a girl who witnessed The Bride kill her mother, as the central character. However, in 2012 Tarantino revealed he would not be making the film after all; what changed his mind is anyone’s guess. We have now reached 2014, and the 10 years of peace for the Bride will pass without a Tarantino film. Maybe he will give The Bride 15 years of peace?
Less Than Zero
Written by Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero follows Clay, a wealthy college student who returns to his hometown in California during the early 1980s. Clay finds himself progressively unable to relate to the youth party scene and his friends, who he begins to lose. Through this, he also begins to reflect on crucial moments in his life he recently experienced.
A film loosely based on Less Than Zero was made in 1987, but the only similarities were its title, setting and names of characters. Ellis said in an interview with Vice that Tarantino was one of a few directors who tried to get in touch with Fox to remake the adaptation. Less Than Zero, however, does not sound like a Quentin Tarantino movie, and in regards to it being his next film, well, who knows what goes on in the creative mind of Quentin Tarantino?
Chances are the writer and director will cool off over the next week and announce he is back on The Hateful Eight. With this recent leak, however, do not expect Tarantino to speak candidly about any idea on his mind ever again.
By Kollin Lore