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