by: Lindsay Welch Source: Deadline
The Good, the Bad…and the Bear Jew.
It seems that director Quentin Tarantino was actually serious with his talk of making his own Western. There have been numerous interviews with Tarantino discussing what his next project would be, including a possible sequel to his hit film, Inglourious Basterds, but he gave out several different options every time, throwing off which direction he was truly going to go.
Tarantino mentioned before that he would ”like to do a Western. But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times. With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with…Let’s shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time. And I would call it ‘A Southern.’”
However, most fans didn’t take him seriously as he previously had mentioned other ideas and not acted upon them. In fact, no one had any clue if Tarantino would actually settle down on one project until Deadline reporter, Mike Fleming, had this to say after attending a Weinstein Company Oscar afterparty:
“I ran into Quentin Tarantino, who said that he has completed the script for his Western, and that compared to recent scripts like Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill that took so long to crystallize, this one came together much quicker and just flowed out of him. He wasn’t more descriptive than that before I lost him in the crowd, but my understanding is he’ll deliver within two months and then TWC will begin moving toward a production start.”
I for one cannot be any more excited by this. Tarantino has put out a set of very interesting films, some more consistent than others, and if he can produce something anything like the Coen brothers did with True Grit last year than sign me up. I’m down for a good old spaghetti Western, Tarantino-style.