Quentin Tarantino Says 'Killer Crow' Could Finish His Historical Trilogy

December 27, 2012
Source: The Root

Quentin Tarantino

Hopefully everyone had a very Django Christmas earlier this week, as iconic writer/director Quentin Tarantino gave us all a wonderful Christmas present in the form of his newest film, Django Unchained, that hit theaters on Tuesday. Like Inglourious Basterds before it, the movie takes a crack at revising history through QT's unique lens as a way of dealing with what actually happened back then, which was crazier than anything even Tarantino could conjure. We knew that his past two movies are the first two entries in a spiritual trilogy, but Tarantino told The Root (via THR) he has a story and title in mind for the third entry.

Here's what Tarantino told The Root when asked what his upcoming plans are:

I don't know exactly when I'm going to do it, but there's something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f--ked over by the American military and kind of go apes--t. They basically -- the way Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an "Apache resistance" -- [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland…I have most of that written. It's ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it…That would be the third of the trilogy. It would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called Killer Crow or something like that.

The auteur also revealed that the story would be set in 1944 after Normandy, and that he originally intended to do it as a miniseries before dropping that storyline entirely from what eventually became the Inglourious Basterds that we know today. That's a lot of information to digest, but it's pretty exciting stuff. Because Basterds and Django were relatively straightforward as far as time goes, it seems like doing a third movie in which the characters from Basterds pop up could be a cool way for QT to continue his exploration on time, something he's clearly been fascinated in since the beginning of his career. Plus, it'd just be cool to see Brad Pitt reprise his role as Aldo Raine.

But as QT says in the interview, even he isn't sure when Killer Crow might happen. He's previously mentioned returning to the Kill Bill universe for a third movie in that series ten years after Kill Bill: Volume 2, and that anniversary is coming up soon in 2014. He's also said he wants to make a '30s style gangster movie, so it's likely that this project will be a few years away.

It's encouraging that he already has half of Killer Crow written, though, and even more encouraging that he was at one point considering the miniseries format, because that seems like a natural opportunity for him to flesh out a huge story over multiple nights for an audience. Of course we always want to see new films from QT (he's one of the biggest advocates out there for still shooting on actual film), but a miniseries would be cool, too. He doesn't mention any of this in a recent long form interview with Charlie Rose (check it out right here right here), but he does talk a lot about the origins of Django Unchained and his hatred of western director John Ford, a point that's been getting a lot of press over the past few days. Thoughts?

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  • Cody W
    In Basterds, I really hoped that they wouldve had one defining scene of them slaughtering a base of nazis all with there own signature styles with QTs gorefest action...hopefully this will fulfill that.
  • Xerxexx
    I'd see it.
  • As sweet as this sounds and as stoked as I am for another kill bill I must say a 30s gangster film really tickles my fancy.
    • sedna
      agreed 100%
  • Not terribly interested in another Kill Bill...unless they do something fun like have the daughter of Vivica Fox's character kill The Bride, and then have Kiddo's daughter seek vengeance for her mother.
    • Another WWII movie featuring the Basterds in any capacity would be awesome though, and so would a 30s Gangster film.
    • V
      I can't tell if this post is supposed to be ironic or not, because that's actually what Kill Bill 3 is about.
      • Really? I seem to remember it being a rumor...well, if it involved the death of The Bride...I'd be okay with it.
    • That is the main plot/premise in the new Kill Bill volumes.
  • Why not do a movie from the Native American perspective to complete the trilogy?
  • IamSlave
    It's going to be a sad day when QT finally retires.
    • David Banner
      Aye, in 3 movies and he's gone.
      • Squiggly_P
        He says that, but part of that is the fact that film is being replaced by digital. He's rich and crazy enough to keep shooting on film for the rest of his career, tho, however long it might be. He's got at least a half dozen more scripts / stories that he's mentioned in various interviews and such, and the guy's genuinely in love with film. I don't think he'll ever quit for good. He might stop for a few years and write a book or two, but he'll come back. He won't be able to resist the urge.
        • IamSlave
          His main reason for retiring if/when he actually does is if he feels his best work is behind him. He's made it very clear he doesn't want to be one of those directors that just makes shitty films and his best work is in the past. So he says 3 more films but leaves the idea of a great project open. Also expresses interest in doing mini-series for HBO or something. Personally if he were to retire after 3 more films I'd love to see him do a mini-series for HBO. I think that could be amazing.
  • Tester
    Quentin can make whatever he likes, I know I will be looking forward to it
  • grimjob
    Goddammit. I love Tarantino. I'll gladly take whatever he comes up with.
  • Richie G
    Eh Na, just give us the 30's gangster flick for now. Leave "Killer Crow or something like that" for another time down the road when it's had time to develop Bride style
  • rocky728
    The whole film vs digital argument matters none to most fans. I guaranty you can stand at the exit of the theater and ask audiences of any film what format was it and which do they prefer and 90% wouldn't be able to say or give a rat's ass.
  • Anton Chigurh
    He should do a Vietnam movie. Although, if he does do another war movie, Christoph Waltz should be in it, but playing a different character.




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