It really does sound like Quentin Tarantino is ready to hang up his spurs as a feature film director. For a while now he’s been talking up the idea of walking away from movies to focus on writing plays, books, and making mini-series/television shows.
According to Quentin, it sounds like he might be already amped-up to tackle the latter.
While speaking with Deadline, he revealed that his current plan is to develop a western television series titled Bounty Law, based on the faux series that his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood character Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) stars in as Jack Cahill. Suggesting it could land at various places such as Netflix or HBO, but he’s dead-set on shooting it on film and in black-and-white.
DEADLINE: What other projects?
TARANTINO: “Two things I had in mind that I wanted to work on, and I did, during that period of time. I wrote a play and I wrote five episodes of a TV series. It’s Bounty Law.”
DEADLINE: Wait, the fictional ’50s TV series we glimpse, that starred Rick Dalton, DiCaprio’s character?
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.”
DEADLINE: What will you do with that?
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.”
Tarantino already has a bit of relationship with Netflix as the streaming service has a bunch of his movies currently streaming and he’s planning on dropping an extended cut of The Hateful Eight there as well in the near future.
Netflix and HBO seemingly would have the least amount of strings and would be able to give Quentin the budgets he’d need to make it work, along with shooting the series on film, which can be expensive these days.
It’s not terribly shocking as his hero Martin Scorsese has been working with Netflix over the last couple of years which includes on his upcoming gangster epic The Irishman starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and many others set to be released in late November.
We still have to wait and see if he’ll tackle this next or will direct Paramount’s Star Trek project he’s been cooking up with screenwriter Mark L. Smith (The Revenant).