Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards To Be Two Films!
When Quentin Tarantino announced at Cannes that his WWII epic Inglorious Bastards was finally going into production later this year, not too many people believed him. However, some bits of information started to circulate that confirmed it actually was true. Today we have an update from the guys over at AICN and it sounds like it definitely is going in production and that it might even be better than we were all originally thinking. Tarantino recently interviewed Italian filmmaker Enzo Castellari for the upcoming DVD release of his 1978 film Inglorious Bastards, of which Tarantino's version is very loosely inspired. The best news to come out of it - Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards will be cut into two films!
Harry from AICN apparently has seen this interview, which will show up on the 3-Disc Special Edition of Castellari's Inglorious Bastards (seen to the right), due out on July 29th. Tarantino explains that the premise of Castellari's film is only the start of where his will lead. He explains that are a "bunch of hardened criminals on a military transport during World War II - that got ambushed by the Nazis. Everyone but the criminals gets killed and the prisoners decide to make their way to neutral Switzerland - and must fight the Nazis and the Allies to get there. It's a true No Man's Land scenario." Sounds like a great start of an incredible WWII story to me, but that might be because I'm partially a sucker for great WWII films.
As for the idea of cutting it into two, Harry explains that as Tarantino was writing and researching actual events and footage from WWII for the script, "the story kept growing and growing." So much so that "it became too big for one film" and thus he's turn it into two. Hearing this news to me is like hearing Anne Hathaway is single again. The Kill Bill films, specifically Kill Bill Vol. 2, are some of the greatest films in history (in my own opinion). What Tarantino achieved in Vol. 2 was amazing and I don't know why more people don't recognize it as one of the best revenge tales in cinematic history. Hearing that this will follow in the same footsteps of Kill Bill and get split into two gives me shivers it's so exciting. I don't care whether you like Tarantino as a person or not, Inglorious Bastards is going to be an amazing project.
The last bit of news to come from the interview surrounds casting. Over the many years that Tarantino has been working on this, he's thrown around countless names of those who might be part of the group of soldiers. Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis, Samuel Jackson, John Travolta, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, even Adam Sandler and Johnny Depp have all been on the list. Tarantino unfortunately confirms that all of them were all just talks, nothing more. They were all only "conversations that Quentin has had, that have grown to mythic levels." Instead of writing roles for specific actors this time, however, Tarantino is going the other route and actually writing characters that he'll afterwards find the perfect actor to embody.
"For the first time, Quentin has decided not to write for the voice of actors he's decided to cast in advance. He felt that one can do that, but then they're limiting what they feel an actor can do with the part. He's decided to write the characters with no specific actor in mind. To allow the character to be everything that character can be and to actually find an actor to become that character." I guess I might say that it's about time Tarantino realized that this was the right way to cast for a movie. Why do you think the voices for characters in Pixar's film always sound so perfect? It's because they develop a character before choosing the actor and then find the right voice. Now that Tarantino is doing this for Inglorious Bastards, it actually gives me some additional hope. Not that I needed any more to begin with.
The way this entire project is coming together sounds amazing. I know I'm all too often overly positive, but I've have absolutely no problems with all of this news. Some of you will nitpick and claim that he's stuffing way too much story into the film and cutting it into two isn't going to help, but I'm basing my expectations for this purely off of Kill Bill. Those two movies changed my appreciation for cinema so much that I can't help but be excited for what Tarantino is cooking up with Inglorious Bastards. Let's just hope Tarantino actually gets this into production before they hit another roadblock and it gets delayed again for another six years. Do all of these updates on Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards instill any confidence in the project?