Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards Ends Up at Universal
by Alex Billington
July 29, 2008
This is minor news, but considering we always mention everything that involves Quentin Tarantino, I thought I should comment on it as well. Variety has announced that Tarantino's WWII epic Inglorious Bastards has landed at Universal. The studio has partnered with The Weinstein Company to distribute the film. Shooting is scheduled to begin in the fall in Germany and France and Tarantino will hopefully have a cut ready by Cannes next May. Casting is still not official, but we mentioned previously that Tarantino is eyeing both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now that Tarantino is working with a much larger studio, I think Inglorious Bastards has the potential to hit big with mainstream audiences.
Apparently the final choice came down to Paramount and Universal. Unfortunately they chose the wrong studio. I'm not the only one who can clearly see that Warner Brothers and Paramount are kicking the most ass out of any of the major studios at the moment. Universal is good, but not great, they've got some marketing problems. Paramount, on the other hand, not only has incredible marketing, but always strongly supports their big movies and it shows in the end. Just think of every major hit this summer and it's most likely one of those two. Universal has been struggling recently and I just hope they've got it in them to give Inglorious Bastards the support it needs. I really don't want to see another Children of Men…