Are 'Django Unchained' and 'Inglourious Basterds' Part of a Trilogy?
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.
"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 don’t know what it is yet.”
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?