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Does Tarantino Have More Basterds Tricks Up His Sleeves?

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May 10, 2009
Source: NYTimes.com, The Playlist

Quentin Tarantino Filming Inglourious Basterds

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.

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments

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Cool!

d1rEct on May 10, 2009

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Couldn't be more excited for Basterds! I just saw Star Trek, and they played the IB trailer followed by the new Transformers 2 trailer. After finally seeing the IB trailer on the big screen I didn't have much excitement left in me to appreciate the T2 trailer again (even though I am still very stoked on it). Basically what I'm saying is, IB is easily my most anticipated movie of 09...possibly ever. *end geek out*

Garrett on May 11, 2009

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I think its easy to talk about writing a prequel or sequels when hes out of the directing loop, but while he was filming IB, I bet it was much easier to crack out a script while in his trailer in the evenings. Real stoked for IB, cant beleieve we still have to wait months for it though.

Marcus on May 11, 2009

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Well, Basterds was originally something like four hours long so I wouldn't doubt it.

Fuelbot on May 11, 2009

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On another note, only 7 or 8 more years untill the Kill Bill sequel, Kill Beatrix (or Kill the Bride). Vivica Fox's little girl was 4 or 5 in Kill Bill and she'll be looking for revenge when she's 18.

Jmoney on May 11, 2009

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