Quentin Tarantino Finally Promises Inglorious Bastards for 2009!
Quentin Tarantino has been talking about Inglorious Bastards for years. He keeps talking about it, saying it's next, but it never gets made, no matter what he says. Maybe 2009 is finally the year we'll see Tarantino's long-awaited WWII film? Despite it may seem like Tarantino is making a rather strong statement by promising that Inglorious Bastards will play at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, we all know to take everything he says with a grain of salt (and some tequila). In an official interview just days ago at Cannes, Tarantino finally said that the script is finished and he'll be back at Cannes with Inglorious Bastards in 2009. Is this finally the truth?!
The interview comes from Le Grand Journal on the beach in Cannes, where you can watch the show entirely in French right here. Although Tarantino is being translated, you can hear him say these exact words in response to a question about what's next for him. Damn those French talk fast!
"The next movie I'm doing is my WWII movie Inglorious Bastards. I actually just finished the first draft of the script and when I get home I'll be finishing it up… and if all goes well, I will be here in 2009 at Cannes with my war film Inglorious Bastards!"
I'll admit that Tarantino did say last year that he was going to work on the script for Inglorious Bastards during his lengthy worldwide press tour for Grindhouse. So maybe more than a year later he's finally finished? If that truly is the case, then he just needs to somehow figure out how to shoot it and edit it and have it ready to go in 12 short months. Knowing Tarantino, he could pull that off, but considering most believe he's a "compulsive liar," he probably won't actually get it done. Who knows? Only time will tell.
As a reminder for those who weren't around back in March of 2007 when I wrote an article titled Is 2008 The Year of the Return of WWII Movies?, let's recap what Inglorious Bastards is supposed to be about. The film tells the story of a group of soldiers on their way to be executed, when they get the chance of a reprieve. Tarantino has described them as "not your normal hero types that are thrown into a big deal in World War II." More specifically, the soldiers are given the chance to save themselves by heading into the perilous no-man's lands of Nazi-occupied France on a suicide mission for the Allies.
As for the cast, Tarantino has said all along that Michael Madsen will play the leader character Babe Buchinsky. Tim Roth has also expressed an interest to play one of the other soldiers, as have countless other actors, but we'll wait to hear some official confirmation. Realistically, this sounds promising, considering I still do believe Tarantino is a phenomenal filmmaker despite being incredibly pretentious. I've got a nack for WWII films myself, so you combine Tarantino and WWII, and I'm instantly excited.
Once we get some actual confirmation that cameras are rolling, we'll be sure to let you know. I really want this to actually get made as much as the next person, so I'll be closely following any updates that hit. I think it's about time Tarantino gets another more mainstream feature made. Death Proof was more of a throwback to grindhouse cinema and, while still a great film on its own, wasn't a mainstream hit by any means. Besides that, Tarantino hasn't done anything since finishing Kill Bill in 2004! Please let this be true! Do you think Inglorious Bastards will finally get made by 2009?