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…
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
I actually went and picked up children of men because everyone said it was worth watching. Call me dumb but i was disappointed. Was it suppose to be a good movie?! Hopefully Tarantino's film will be really good i like his work, Pitt and Decaprio would make this is a solid film imo.
big r on Jul 29, 2008
Alex, I have to disagree with you. When it comes to more Oscar films, Universal is hands down the better of the two studios. I think Universal has a good marketing department, but they seem to be waiting til the last minute to give it that major push which study's show is more beneficial. Are you going to remember 10 commercials you saw over the last week or 10 commercials you saw over the last 5 months????
Ryan on Jul 29, 2008
children of men is the best movie of 2006, what's your problem with it?
me on Jul 30, 2008
Sooo I loved Children of Men and wrote a (albiet short) essay on it for my film class. Perfect? No, but it truly pulled you into that world. The details of the setting and the camera angles were amazing. So mind sharing Alex what you disliked about Children of Men? Not 'badass' enough for you? Cause no offense, but you seem to use that word alot, especially about the movies you say you get really excited for. Anyways... Historically, Paramount is control freaks. Least in the 50s through 70s they were. I'm not sure about now. Though I agree, Warner Bros is doign well and putting out great flicks.
dave13 on Jul 30, 2008
I don't think Alex is saying that there was something terribly wrong with Children of Men, but rather that the marketing for the film by Universal (or lack there of) was horrid and so it did similarly at the box office. He doesn't want to see what could be a great film in Inglorious Bastards turn into a box office flop due to a lack of marketing on Universal's part. Right?
Keith on Jul 30, 2008
i agree with #5
milk on Jul 30, 2008
WHAT!!!! Children of Men is one of my most favorite films of all time...I've always listened to your opinions Alex and have agreed in the most part for the last 6 years I've been reading this site, but this one really surprises me, and I'd love it if you'd explain what you didn't like about Children of Men. That summer I saw Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth back to back and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Considering Cuaron and your pal Del Toro are buddy buddy I would've imagined you'd appreciate their similar film making styles. Alex...please explain
Peloquin on Jul 30, 2008
I like Tarantino's flicks, but this one makes me wonder do I wan't to see the next Tarantino film. I think I have to say something politically incorrect: this movie is one of the all time worst.
Dog's on Nov 5, 2009
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