Quentin Tarantino sure knows how to stir the pot. Now that he’s out promoting Django Unchained, he’s been talking to journalists, and he says things that excite and incite film fans with his comments on what’s coming next and what he thinks about other filmmakers.
In one interview for The Root and said this:
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.
He also mentions that the Inglourious Basterds would be part of this story, which is tentatively titled Killer Crow.
Further on in the interview he slams John Ford (director of The Searchers, and a number of the most famous Westerns of all time) as a racist and part of the race problems in Hollywood, and tells them that it was Ford who inspired the conversation in the film about the hoods the klan members in Django Unchained wear, and how problematic hood-wearing must have been during a raid.
Not content to just slag Ford, he was happy to sit down with Huffington Post’s Mike Ryan to discuss a plot point that Ryan found bothersome, and explains his rationale behind that decision. This conversation is heavy in spoiler territory, so it’s best to read it after watching the film.
As for the Ford bashing, it also gave QT a chance to talk up William Witney, who he’s been promoting for over a decade now as one of the great. Say what you will about Tarantino’s bashing of Ford, but it’s worth noting that he has a point.
Have you seen Django Unchained yet?