Are 'Django Unchained' and 'Inglourious Basterds' Part of a Trilogy?

October 29, 2012
Source: Total Film

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When Brad Pitt's Aldo Raine says "I think this just might be my masterpiece" in the last seconds of 2009's Inglourious Basterds, writer & director Quentin Tarantino wasn't just talking about the swastika Raine carved in a soldier's forehead: he was talking about the film itself. Tarantino is known for interconnected worlds and though many of his films are set in the modern age, even a period piece like Basterds somehow managed to find a connection to flicks like Pulp Fiction and True Romance. According to Total Film, QT now says his upcoming Django Unchained stands next to Basterds as two parts from a thematic trilogy.

Here's the interesting quote from Quentin Tarantino, published in the latest Total Film (via SlashFilm):

"Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained bespeak a trilogy. As different as they are, there is a companion piece quality. There might very well be a third one. I just donโ€™t know what it is yet.โ€

Very interesting. But what does it mean, and when will we see it? During press rounds for Basterds, QT mentioned that he'd like to do a "1920s to '30s Pretty Boy Floyd type gangster movie," but there's also the fact that he's expressed interest in returning for a Kill Bill Volume 3 ten years after Volume 2, which is coming up in 2014. With Django Unchained set for a US release on Christmas of 2012, could he conceivably fit another movie in between that and his return to the kung fu genre? It's possible, and he has been working quickly these past few years (remember Basterds went from finished script to the final film in under a year).

As for the bigger thematic connections between Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, I guess we'll just have to wait until Christmas Day to dig in and explore those for ourselves. And don't forget: if you want to experience QT's first two directorial films, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, on the big screen again (or perhaps for the first time), both of those movies are coming back to theaters before Django hits this holiday season. What genre do you think Tarantino will jump into next to complete this "trilogy?" Your thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 20 Comments


Dare I say Tarantino give a go at a SciFi/futuristic thriller?

Cody W on Oct 29, 2012


I LOVE Tarantino and I LOVE sci fi but I don't see it.

Jon Odishaw on Oct 29, 2012


exactly why a sci fi should be part of the trilogy. Never thought Tarantino would do a ww2 or cowboy film... before he did

Richie G on Oct 30, 2012


Emphatic yes. Talk about fresh. Wow. That flick would be straight from the garden.

bozo connors on Oct 31, 2012


vietnam war maybe?

Ryderup on Oct 29, 2012


Tarantino needs to do a gothic horror styled film.

seamendoza on Oct 29, 2012


I don't think that's gonna happen, but maybe something more "exploitative" like a Giallo or a Splatter film who knows..

Davide Coppola on Oct 30, 2012


he should do a prohibition crime gangster movie.

truong18 on Oct 29, 2012


Im a huge QT fan but he must be smokin something good if he thinks Basterds is his best.

Happy camper on Oct 29, 2012


Romantic period piece dramedy...set in the futuristic alternate reality of Brooklyn circa 1929 with Steampunk elements. It could follow a half-human half-robot saxophone player who falls in love with a mobsters wife, the two run off together prompting the gangster to send a Kung-fu assassin related to Bill and part of the Vega clan. The wife a descendent of Django protects the saxophonist from the assassin. The mobster then takes control and uses Oren Isjhi's new neo-Crazy 88 to attack them both. The saxophonist calls on the great grandnephew of Lt. Aldo Raine to counterattack the assault...leading to a shoot out. /end film there.

Xerxexx on Oct 29, 2012


QT's gotta hurry up, he's soon 50. And at 50, he will retire from directing, he has said in the past. Too bad, he made some great films, would have loved 10 more. Oh? If the movies are connected, yeah, they are. Trilogy without it being planned? Does anyone do that? ๐Ÿ™‚

David Banner on Oct 30, 2012


Actually, I've read from different sources that he plans on retiring at 60, not 50. So that leaves us a few more years, but even then, it's likely that he will change is mind if he comes up with more ideas that he wants to do, and he always does. Personally, as his next movie, I'd like to see the Kill Bill sequel that he was supposed to do 10 years after the original, but as he keeps changing his mind constantly about what his next project will be, I'm not sure if this will ever happen.

moutchy on Oct 30, 2012


Death Proof was such a great movie..but such a sample size as well..I think it's about that time QT does a full on horror movie

Moses Ross on Oct 30, 2012


QT should try a film set in the distant future... Just imagine a Pulp Fiction meets Blade Runner.

Bruce on Oct 30, 2012


It was always my understanding that IB was part of a trilogy, but I didn't expect this news..

Davide Coppola on Oct 30, 2012


Isn't this old news?

Nielsen700 on Oct 30, 2012


Old in what way? Not sure what you're talking about. The quote from Tarantino is new. And it's just a speculative quote, nothing confirmed, but I guess we do know that Tarantino's movies usually always have a connection. Either way, I'm just excited to see Django.

Alex Billington on Oct 30, 2012


Pretty sure I'd heard the news before, probably just rumors then.

Nielsen700 on Oct 31, 2012


Well the only other story somewhat related was this one: But it's about how Inglourious Basterds fits into the "Tarnatino-verse" but no mention of Django at the time, hence why I thought this was an interesting quote/update.

Alex Billington on Oct 31, 2012


It's definitely interesting.

Nielsen700 on Oct 31, 2012

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