With the release of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood coming next week, I thought it would be interesting to consider what could be next for Tarantino beyond his next feature film.
10 FILMS THEN RETIREMENT
One of Quentin Tarantino’s famous sentiments over the past decade has been an aim to retire from filmmaking after completing ten feature films. It remains to be seen if his final movie will this Star Trek project he’s developing with Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) for Paramount Pictures. The aim for that has been an R-rating and there are little to zero details about it currently known.
There is a chance he could pivot and just produce, then move on to making something original instead.
What he plans on doing after stepping away from filmmaking is focus on writing novels/plays along with hammering out television miniseries. We actually already know what that first one will be.
Recently, Quentin told Deadline that he has already written a bunch of episodes for his black-and-white miniseries Bounty Law, based on the fictitious 1950s western series that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton stars in as Jake Cahill.
TARANTINO: “From watching the different old Western shows and everything, I did it to get in the head of Bounty Law. I ended up starting to really like the idea of Jake Cahill, as a character. I really started loving those half hour ’50s Western scripts. The idea that you could write something like 24 minutes, where there was so much story crammed in those half-hour shows, with a real beginning and a middle and an end. Also, it was kind of fun because you can’t just keep doubling down and exploring. At some point, you’ve got to wrap it up. I really liked that idea. I’ve written five different episodes for a possible Bounty Law black-and-white half-hour Western show.”
Tarantino has teased the project could land at various places such as HBO and Netflix.
TARANTINO: “I can’t imagine Leonardo is going to want to do it. Cast somebody else? If he wants to do it that would be great. I’m not planning on that but I have an outline for about three other episodes. So I’ll probably write about three other episodes and then just do it. Direct every episode. They’re a half-hour long. I wouldn’t mind doing it for Netflix but I’d want to shoot it on film. Showtime, HBO, Netflix, FX. But I also like the fact that I built up this mythology for Bounty Law and Jake Cahill.”
This could mean plenty of his projects could get television spinoffs in the future or even ideas that never came together as movies.
AN INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS MINISERIES SPINOFF COULD BE IN THE CARDS
An interesting thing was mentioned by Quentin Tarantino in a recent retrospective of Inglourious Basterds film for Film4, where he said he had to scrap his original material during the development process of Basterds because it was just too big and would have been a 12-episode miniseries he wrote so much material. Instead, he wrote something entirely different to fight the scale/running time of a feature film.
TARANTINO: “When I started writing it years ago, I had a different storyline and the reason I couldn’t really finish it years ago was that storyline was just too big it just wasn’t a movie.”
“It could have been a 12-hour miniseries but it wasn’t a movie.”
“And so when I came back to and I really wanted to make it a movie, I realized what I’d have to do is come up with a new story.”
Its hard to ignore that there is existing material lying around that could be adapted into a series when he’s looking to jump-start the second leg of his career doing television and some of that stuff nixed from Basterds would certainly be worthy of a miniseries.
Back in 2012, Quentin told TheRoot he had been mulling over another WWII film project called Killer Crow (the title a nod to the “Jim Crow” segregation laws of the United States), that would feature a badass squad of African-American soldiers kicking Nazi ass in Switzerland that had been originally cut from that original version of Basterds that was deemed too big to make.
TARANTINO: “…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. 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 would be the third of the trilogy. It would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called Killer Crow or something like that.”
I have to assume the Killer Crow squad was an homage of sorts to Fred Williamson’s role of Private Fred Canfield in the original 1978 film The Inglorious Bastards. Fred had a role in From Dusk Till Dawn as one of the supporting characters, the action-horror flick was written by Quentin and directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Personally, I think Killer Crow would be such an awesome miniseries project once he’s finished with Bounty Law as it would be a perfect excuse to return to the world of WWII movies which seemingly he still hasn’t got out of his system as one of Rick Dalton’s movies in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a WWII flick where he looks a lot like Marvel Comics’ Sgt. Nick Fury.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set for release on July 26th.