Does Tarantino Have More Basterds Tricks Up His Sleeves?
With Inglourious Basterds premiering on May 20th at Cannes next week, more mainstream press coverage has been starting to appear all over the place. Over at the NY Times in particular, they've got a set visit feature, delving further into the production and Quentin Tarantino's crazy mind. But at the very end, they say something very interesting. It reads: "Not to mention a shelved subplot about African-American soldiers stuck behind enemy lines. 'I have a half-written prequel ready to go if this movie's a smash,' he said." Whoa, wait a minute, Tarantino's got a prequel already ready to go? What exactly is this all about?
Thanks to our friends at The Playlist for first pointing this out. They also did some research and found an old 2007 interview with Tarantino at the UK's Telegraph where it was mentioned "Tarantino is also planning a new genre, a form of spaghetti western set in America's Deep South which he calls 'a southern.'" I doubt that's the same Inglourious Basterds prequel that was mentioned above, but it's at least a connection of sorts. We already know that Tarantino likes to talk about prequels a lot (he keeps saying he wants to make that Kill Bill prequel soon, too) so maybe this is just more of that madness.
We also know that it took a very long time for Inglourious Basterds to finally get made (there's a great article over on TotalFilm.com about that). In fact, even though he's been talking about Basterds since the start of this decade, he only ever finished the script last year. So how could he even have a prequel already half-written? As crazy as Tarantino is, I doubt this is just a joke. Which is why I'm curious if he has some more tricks up his sleeves? Who knows what he's up to. Though we will find out in the next few weeks if Inglourious Basterds is all that it's cracked up to be. So stay tuned for plenty more from Tarantino soon.