Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino, never one to hold his tongue, was recently interviewed in a director’s roundtable featuring Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell and Gus Van Sant for what may be the group of Oscar best director contenders this year (noticeably absent: Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Jackson and more, but this probably has to do with availability). And in it, he declared his section of Grindhouse the worst film he’s made. Sort of.
As he told The Hollywood Reporter ” I want to go out with a terrific filmography. [2007's] Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.”
What people seem to be focusing on is his trashing of Death Proof, which he defends in his own way shortly thereafter. He was more talking about how director’s careers make a canon, and not wanting to make bad “old men’ movies, which – if you know movie history – is often the case that directors work long after their own relevancy, and often end their careers on their weakest/worst films. This is nothing new from QT, who has spent a lot of time talking about his sense of self, and wanting to manage his career very carefully. And because Grindhouse was a bomb, and Tarantino took a drubbing, it’s likely that he looks down on the film as Steven Spielberg might smack talk his own Temple of Doom. But he also likes it, but recognizes that in terms of his filmography it’s the slightest film he’s ever made.
What’s more interesting is the idea that because 35mm is almost totally dead that he might move into television. He starts his harangue by saying ” I can’t stand all this digital stuff. This is not what I signed up for. Even the fact that digital presentation is the way it is right now — I mean, it’s television in public, it’s just television in public. “And then suggests “So if I’m gonna do TV in public, I’d rather just write one of my big scripts and do it as a miniseries for HBO, and then I don’t have the time pressure that I’m always under, and I get to actually use all the script.”
One imagines that HBO and Showtime representatives will get in touch with him shortly.
Would you want to see a Tarantino miniseries?