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Quentin Tarantino Says 'Inglourious Basterds' & 'Django Unchained' Could Be First Two Parts Of A Loose Trilogy

by Oliver Lyttelton
October 29, 2012 10:20 AM
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We're still a couple of months away from the film's release, but a recent spate of trailers have seen even those of us who were previously a little lukewarm on "Django Unchained" get a little excited. We're not 100% sold yet, but there's a swaggering confidence to what we've seen so far that makes us hopeful that we could be seeing vintage Tarantino from his racially-charged Western come Christmas Day.

As ever, there's not been a lot of word from the director as to what might come next, but a recent interview has suggested that the director's recent output, including his last film "Django Unchained," might be of a part of a bigger whole. After being named the the director of their lifetime in the 200th issue of the UK's Total Film, Tarantino spoke to the magazine, and suggested that "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained" might form the first two parts of a trilogy.

"'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained' bespeak a trilogy," the director says. "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.” It's not too difficult to see what he's talking about, the two films being violent, stylized period pieces with a subtext of social injustice. And that's not to mention actor Christoph Waltz, who has major roles in both.

So could we see a third Waltz-starring film along similar lines down the line? Tarantino's up front about the possibility, but also that it's just that, a possibility. Could that third part turn out to be the 1930s gangster picture he's mentioned in the past? Or the Len Deighton spy adaptations he was also considering? Or is there another period of history you'd like to see Tarantino tackle in a 'Basterds'/'Django' style? We won't know for some time, but we imagine word will start to sneak out sometime after "Django Unchained" hits theaters on Christmas Day. [Total Film]

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  • Skutch | November 1, 2012 12:41 AMReply

    QT made a comment on Charlie Rose when he was promoting Pulp Fiction saying history was the one subject he did well in when he went to school, so this "career move" or whatever makes sense.

  • Nikola G | October 30, 2012 4:41 PMReply

    If IB and DJU have a binding principle it's the idea of revising atrocious historical phenomena (Nazis, slavery) in Tarantino revenge style - borrowing heavily from obscure cinema of course. With that in mind, it would be so sick if he tackled something like The Crusades or the witch-burning period (revenge witch? Badass) but I don't know how interested he is in history that doesn't have much to do with America's involvement so a "Navajo Joe" western style with a Native American (female preferably) protagonist would be right up his alley I think and would make for a pretty sweet trifecta.

  • Garth | October 30, 2012 4:09 PMReply

    Spaghetti Wester. Spaghetti War. Spaghetti Spy? Spaghetti Giallo?

  • Sean | October 30, 2012 11:29 AMReply

    Something along the lines of Navajo Joe would make a lot of sense to close out the trilogy. In other words, a revenge Western with a Native American protagonist.

  • Colin | October 30, 2012 1:49 PM

    Sean, that's IT! This is close to what I was thinking. Tarantino goes to HIS roots (his mother is half Cherokee) and explore a Native American protagonist. However, I believe it will be set in the here and now (I kinda agree, it will definitely have Spaghetti Western elements like Inglourious Basterds did,) and not set in the "old" West like Navajo Joe.

  • alphabet | October 29, 2012 3:12 PMReply

    Part 3 is set in the future..!

  • will | October 29, 2012 1:42 PMReply

    both are spaghetti westerns too. love to see him try a cyberpunk spaghetti western to close it out, but that's never gonna happen.

  • will | October 29, 2012 5:07 PM

    this'll probably end up never happening like the vega bros thing and kill bill 3

  • Jorge | October 29, 2012 10:56 AMReply

    What about Elmore Leonard's "Cuba Libre" adaption? I read somewhere it was among his projects. It would also be a period piece (set in the spanish-american war of 1898) and its style and dialog seem like a perfect fit for Tarantino.
    If the shoe fits...

  • cattt | October 29, 2012 11:17 AM

    Tarantino said in his previous Charlie Rose interview that he doesn't want to adapt other writers' material anymore, he wants to have his characters talking his dialogue.

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