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The Lost, Unmade & Possible Future Films Of Quentin Tarantino

The Playlist By The Playlist Staff | The Playlist March 27, 2013 at 3:33PM

Today marks the 50th birthday of one of the most famous and followed film directors working today. He's a man who a little over twenty years ago, gave a shot of adrenaline to the American independent film scene, and today, is an awards favorite and reliable box-office name, with his most recent film having won two Oscars, earning Best Picture nomination as well, taking in over $400 million at the box office worldwide, making it by some distance his most successful film to date. And if you're his age or younger, he's probably had a significant an affect on your cinematic education. Yes, Quentin Tarantino is a half-century old today, having been born on March 27th, 1963.
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Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction set photo
Airport
Untitled Disaster Movie

While doing press for "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" Tarantino discussed tackling yet another '70s genre — the disaster picture. Taking a cue from the famous (or infamous) star-studded likes of "The Towering Inferno," "The Poseidon Adventure" and of course the "Airport" series, Tarantino remarked that he would like to get as many of the QT players as possible into a disaster movie of his own which he jokingly dubbed "Airport 2005." The names mentioned were 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Jackie Brown'-centric: "(John) Travolta could be the pilot, Pam Grier the stewardess, Robert Forster, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Bridget Fonda." Though it sounded like a joke at the time and Tarantino admitted as much, he also remarked that he could see it happening and had discussed it with Samuel L. Jackson — who may have cannibalized the idea for "Snakes On a Plane." It’s probably not happening ever, but protege Eli Roth has done something not too different, starring and producing in earthquake movie “Aftershock.”

A Softcore Porn Movie
Though never spoken about by Tarantino himself, a rumored remake of Russ Meyer's 1965 trash cinema classic "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" briefly became the talk of all the gossip sites way, way back in the day for one reason: Britney Spears was supposedly slated to star. Though both Spears and Tarantino's camps denied her involvement and QT never confirmed any plans to remake the film, he did say back in 2003 that he was interested in making a sexploitation film. The director noted that the main reason his films don't have sex is because he's too gentlemanly to ask the young lasses to disrobe: "[I]f I were to write a real sex film, the actresses would have to be down with it. Like those great trampy actresses from Italy and Germany in the '70s who were just like, 'Roll the camera, motherfucker, here we go.' That'd be so great." Tarantino even mentioned a possible premise to the Daily Telegraph in 2007, telling the paper “I came up with the idea of like a cool sex movie that would take place in Stockholm, with a couple of Americans visiting a couple of Swedish friends. Kind of like the girls in 'Death Proof,' just going out drinking, having a good time, hooking up.” But he did say that there was something of a down side to the idea. “If I actually do an erotic movie, I'm going to have to reveal what I find sexy, what turns me on. And when it comes to sex in movies, it's got to be kind of kinky, because that's what's cinematic, that's what's fun. Everything else is just - shagging. But my problem wouldn't be revealing myself. My problem would be doing a press tour talking about me revealing myself. And how creepy that would be, how creepy the questions would be.” Still, with Lars Von Trier releasing “The Nymphomaniac” later in the year, maybe Tarantino will be inspired to let his freak flag fly.

Westworld
"Westworld"/"Green Lantern"
Over the years, producers have come to learn that Tarantino tends to originate his own work, and if you send him scripts, there's a good chance they won't cross his desk or raise his interest. But the filmmakers says that after "Death Proof" tanked, the offers became more prevalent, naming a couple of projects in particular to the Daily Telegraph in 2007. "Now I've had a flop, all of a sudden this Tom Cruise script comes in, [a remake of] 'Westworld' comes in, all these remakes: 'We'll have Quentin for this, because he's for sale now. He's on the ropes!'" the director said.  There's no word on what the Cruise film could have been ("The Tourist," "The Hardy Men" and "The Matarese Circle" were all wooing the actor around this time), but whatever it was, he didn't read it, but did take a look at the long-gestating "Westworld" script, produced by Joel Silver, and long thought of as a vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger, because he'd heard that Billy Ray's take was good. Tarantino admits he considered it for a moment, but couldn't bring himself to commit, saying "Yes, I could think about it for a second. But could I spend every day for the next year doing it? No way! No way. And I know that about myself. I need to start with the blank page." Another that seemed to have surfaced around this time was "Green Lantern," which Tarantino says the studio got "in touch with me in the very, early, early, early stages of," but again, he wasn't interested.

"Luke Cage"
Something from the very start of Tarantino's career, but which only came to light recently, was the possibility of the director being ahead of the curve, and directing a movie about a Marvel superhero, long before "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" made the genre one of cinema's biggest box-office draws. The director told MTV recently that "After 'Reservoir Dogs,' I had considered doing a 'Luke Cage: Hero For Hire' movie." For the uninitiated, Cage (also known as "Power Man") was one of Marvel's first African-American heros, released from prison in exchange for undergoing an experiemental procedure that gave him skin like steel and super-strength. He goes on to become a "hero for hire," teaming up more often than not with martial arts hero Iron Fist. Long before Marvel formed their own studio, the rights to their characters were scattered, but Tarantino says he did have meetings with both the producer who owned the rights at the time, and even had a meeting with an actor. "Ed Pressman [producer of 'The Crow,' among others] owned it at that time and we talked about it. And I talked with Larry Fishburne about being Luke Cage and he really liked  that idea." However, Tarantino got swept up in "Pulp Fiction" instead, and never looked back, now saying, "My kinda feeling is if I wanted to do something like that, I'd create a super hero myself."

And more: QT also told David Frost in 2009 that he hoped he'd one day make a children's film, and a Howard Hawks-style screwball romantic comedy, but neither seem to be particularly pressing right now. There's also a few debunked projects that have cropped up over the years. There were rumors that the filmmaker was mulling the idea of making a "Friday the 13th" movie, dubbed "The Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie," but while Tarantino admitted that he met with the studio, he called the idea that it was happening "a complete lie." There were also erroneous reports he was making a Jimi Hendrix biopic, and a medieval movie that would have starred Helen Mirren. In 2010, there were also reports that he was circling a new version of "The Shadow" at 20th Century Fox, but they were swiftly denied. The source was a good one, but it seems like they might have jumped the gun. Tarantino may have been offered the gig, but seemed to have no intention of doing it. - Oliver Lyttelton, Rodrigo Perez, Stephen Belden

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