Before the internet was obsessed with Quentin Tarantino making Kill Bill 3, a Vega Brothers movie was a huge deal in the list of what-if/never made projects from the filmmaker.
The idea was to make a prequel featuring Michael Madsen’s psychotic Vic Vega aka Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs and John Travolta’s Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction, both characters die in their respective films but return for a potential team-up movie.
While the project was never made because the actors got too old for a believable prequel, Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen dished a few details to The Hollywood Reporter.
MADSEN: “We were supposed to be in Amsterdam, criminally. The picture was going to start out with the two of us being released from prison in different states. And we open up a club in Amsterdam.”
While the Amsterdam connection isn’t mentioned in Reservoir Dogs, Travolta’s Vincent has recently returned from Amsterdam to Los Angeles and is referred to as “my man from Amsterdam”, which would imply he regularly visits the city.
Michael adding that Quentin had come up with an explanation for them to be older in the film, suggesting there were two sets of twins which sounds ridiculous but from the exploitation film standpoint that could have worked weirdly.
MADSEN: “He had come up with this idea that it would be the twin brothers of Vic and Vincent, who met after the deaths of their siblings. It was very complicated, but when Quentin starts discussing an idea, it’s very easy to go along with it.”
Quentin and Michael would go on to work together on Kill Bill, The Hateful Eight, and most recently had a cameo in Bounty Law from Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Tarantino has one more feature film in him before he ultimately retires from filmmaking to pivot to writing books and tackling television. He’s currently working on a Bounty Law (based on the fake western series from Hollywood) miniseries which he hopes to make next before his 10th and final film.
If you’ve somehow managed to avoid both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, they’re highly recommended and worth seeking out.
RESERVOIR DOGS – Six criminals with pseudonyms, and each strangers to one another, are hired to carry out a robbery. The heist is ambushed by police and the gang are forced to shoot their way out. At their warehouse rendezvous, the survivors, realizing that they were set up, try to find the traitor in their midst.
PULP FICTION – Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, “Pumpkin” (Tim Roth) and “Honey Bunny” (Amanda Plummer).