Script for Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards Surfaces!
Will the news on Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards ever cease? Right after our last update on the production earlier this week, news hit that Brad Pitt is being eyed for the lead and that Taratino is, in fact, keeping Bastards at The Weinstein Company (despite hope that he wouldn't considering their missteps with Grindhouse). Today is probably the best update of all, however, because Latino Review and Vulture scored copies of the script! Tarantino's Dirty Dozen-inspired WWII epic will follow eight Jewish soldiers sent behind enemy lines who are lead by Lt. Aldo Raine (the possible role for Pitt). To give you a sense of Tarantino's twisted tale, Raine tells his men: "Every man under my command, owes me, one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me, one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred Nazi's or you will die trying." This is going to be amazing!
Raine's instructions aren't necessarily the primary directive for this ass-kicking clan of Jews, however. Rather, the "hillbilly from the mountains of Tennessee" leads his men (the "Bastards") on Operation Kino, which involves heading into Paris to attack a premiere for a new propaganda war movie put on by one of Hitler's close associates, Joseph Goebbels. Hitler and most in his high command are expected to attend. Tarantino weaves in a subplot to the story, as well, which surrounds a young girl, Shosanna, bent on revenge; her family was murdered by the Nazis, and she coincidentally ends up running the movie house. The two plots collide in what I can only imagine is a spectacular, bloody spectacle.
These events are spread across 165 pages and five chapters - Chapter One: Once Upon a Time...Nazi Occupied France; Chapter Two: Inglorious Basterds [sic]; Chapter Three: German Night in Paris (to be filmed in "French New Wave Black and White"); Chapter Four: Operation Kino; Chapter Five: Revenge of the Giant Face. Chapters One and Three focus on Shoshanna, whereas two and four the Bastards. Chapter Five brings them all together. Besides Aldo and Shoshanna, we have a glimpse of some of the maniacal characters Tarantino has created: Sgt. Donny Donowitz is known as the "The Bear Jew", and his trademark is smashing Nazis skulls with a baseball bat. The lead antagonist (besides the ever-present Hitler) is Col. Hans Landa aka "The Jew Hunter". One can only imagine the scale and evil of this bad-ass.
If you're interested in reading more, I would suggest you head over to Latino Review or Vulture. El Mayimbe has posted a speech from the script straight from the mouth of Lt. Aldo Raine aka Aldo the Apache and it's pretty incredible to read. It feels pointless to say, but this project sounds completely off the charts. Tarantino, in fact, said previously that Bastards will probably contain his best dialogue to date! And as El Mayimbe describes it, "If you took the bad guy swagger of Reservoir Dogs, the uber coolness and structure of Pulp Fiction, throw in the revenge angle of Kill Bill, set it in World War II – you get Inglorious Basterds." Is there anyone not excited for this?