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The Lost, Unmade & Possible Future Films Of Quentin Tarantino

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by The Playlist Staff
March 27, 2013 3:33 PM
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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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  • Mary | April 1, 2014 12:21 AMReply

    Tarantino gets revenge on leakers in Inglorious Kill Dogs (see it on YouTube)

  • dyron white | January 23, 2014 9:58 PMReply

    I remember at one point he wanted to do a remake if faster pussycat kill kill.

  • Brian | August 19, 2013 6:42 PMReply

    Bill and Zed are dead but they could come back as post apocalyptic cyborgs. It could be called Bill and Zed's Excellent Adventure. I would also love to see a Quentin Tarantino adaption of The Heart of Darkness which was possibly one of the beautifully written books of the millennium.

  • Harry Georgatos | August 6, 2013 3:24 AMReply

    It would be great to see Tarantino in a modern spy genre that's a mash-up with sci-fi elements then another period piece. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and DJANGO UNCHAINED blew me away but it would be fantastic to see Tarantino to do something that is cutting edge and high-tech. Maybe an adaptation of the Japanese Manga animation THE PROFESSIONAL:GOLGO 13 would make a great Tarantino spy flick with a high-tech playboy assassin globetrotting on missions. That would be a great Tarantino film for someone like me.

  • Harry Georgatos | August 6, 2013 3:24 AMReply

    It would be great to see Tarantino in a modern spy genre that's a mash-up with sci-fi elements then another period piece. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and DJANGO UNCHAINED blew me away but it would be fantastic to see Tarantino to do something that is cutting edge and high-tech. Maybe an adaptation of the Japanese Manga animation THE PROFESSIONAL:GOLGO 13 would make a great Tarantino spy flick with a high-tech playboy assassin globetrotting on missions. That would be a great Tarantino film for someone like me.

  • Harry Georgatos | August 6, 2013 3:23 AMReply

    It would be great to see Tarantino in a modern spy genre that's a mash-up with sci-fi elements then another period piece. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and DJANGO UNCHAINED blew me away but it would be fantastic to see Tarantino to do something that is cutting edge and high-tech. Maybe an adaptation of the Japanese Manga animation THE PROFESSIONAL:GOLGO 13 would make a great Tarantino spy flick with a high-tech playboy assassin globetrotting on missions. That would be a great Tarantino film for someone like me.

  • Harry Georgatos | August 6, 2013 3:23 AMReply

    It would be great to see Tarantino in a modern spy genre that's a mash-up with sci-fi elements then another period piece. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and DJANGO UNCHAINED blew me away but it would be fantastic to see Tarantino to do something that is cutting edge and high-tech. Maybe an adaptation of the Japanese Manga animation THE PROFESSIONAL:GOLGO 13 would make a great Tarantino spy flick with a high-tech playboy assassin globetrotting on missions. That would be a great Tarantino film for someone like me.

  • Harry Georgatos | August 6, 2013 3:23 AMReply

    It would be great to see Tarantino in a modern spy genre that's a mash-up with sci-fi elements then another period piece. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and DJANGO UNCHAINED blew me away but it would be fantastic to see Tarantino to do something that is cutting edge and high-tech. Maybe an adaptation of the Japanese Manga animation THE PROFESSIONAL:GOLGO 13 would make a great Tarantino spy flick with a high-tech playboy assassin globetrotting on missions. That would be a great Tarantino film for someone like me.

  • Joey pizza slice | July 29, 2013 2:56 PMReply

    Killer crow should take place in Vietnam. He already did WWII and the sixties would play a better backdrop-
    Kill bill 3 is a waste of time . Bills dead-
    None of these other ones are worth commenting on. They're not going to happen

  • Pudlee | May 21, 2013 12:38 AMReply

    "Cowboy beebop"

  • Regine M. | April 29, 2013 10:02 AMReply

    Quinton should make a movie on the lynching of Jesse Washington. That would be so Epic and i believe it would speak more along the lines of movies like Django (Captivating, dramatic, historical, controversial, emotional, etc.). I would Love it. Quinton Tarantino is such a great director

  • Yunis | August 26, 2013 3:55 PM

    I agree with your suggestion that a film about the evil lynching of Jesse Washington should be made. I am of South Asian descent and am intrigued by the relationship between white and black Americans and how the latter tries cope with the reality of their treatment. I have read upon the lynching of Jesse Washington and its details would shock anyone. Another disgrace on part of America is that she never tried to hunt and execute the monsters that were involved in this killing - ever. Black Americans should never forget what white America did to them as Iraqis, Vietnamese and Hiroshima-ese should not forget what they did either.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 30, 2013 7:20 PMReply

    the VEGA BROTHERS would have been amazing back in the 90's

    but it might be kinda pathetic now

  • The Fanciful Norwegian | March 29, 2013 5:36 AMReply

    Forgot the Mandarin-language kung-fu film that Tarantino said he was going to make after KILL BILL...which may or may not be the same as the Tarantino remake of COME DRINK WITH ME that was casually mentioned in a 2007 press release, and of which nothing was ever heard again (though the IMDb still lists it in their "in development" section).

  • Mark | March 28, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    The History major in me got very intrigued reading about a John Brown biopic. I took a whole class on him during my senior year and his life would make for a great movie, plus QT would know the negatives of a biopic and hopefully be able to avoid them. Besides that the 30's style gangster film would be the one on the list I would most like to see from him. Public Enemies was a film that received unwarranted hate from some critics and fans, but if Tarantino could write a story with a little more heart he could blow it out of the water.

  • Rick | March 28, 2013 1:11 PMReply

    It wouldn't be the same, but I wish Tarantino would find a different way to materialize Vega Brothers like a comic book. I just really want to know. Not the 2 sets of twins thing, but a proper prequel like it was first suggested

  • Mandy | March 28, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    Now that Breaking Bad is wrapping up, I am crossing my fingers Tarantino casts Aaron Paul in his next movie because I really just want to listen to him curse Tarantino style. I think Paul would rock the hell out of his trademark dialogue.

  • gert | March 28, 2013 5:48 AMReply

    Would love to see a Tarantino horror film. Or a small scale sci-fi film.

  • Hi | March 27, 2013 7:08 PMReply

    I remember hearing that there actually two Kill Bill sequels with the third being a battle between The Bride, a blind Ellie Driver and Sophie, the the fourth about the daughters coming after one another to the end the fight. That always sounded like a very cool idea to me

  • Les grossman | March 27, 2013 6:18 PMReply

    We can talk about tarantino's abandoned,rumored projects all day long.whenever he likes a movie,he wants to make that genre of film.

  • Cremshire | March 27, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    Didn't he also write a Silver Surfer script?

  • Jack | March 27, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Remember when everybody thought he was making a Dracula film around 2010

  • Chris | March 27, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    Also, you forgot to mention Tarantino remaking Less Than Zero.

    From his Wikipedia page:
    A long running rumor in the industry is that Tarantino has been interested in filming a new version of Bret Easton Ellis′ book Less Than Zero (1985). His fellow "Archivist" Roger Avary adapted Rules of Attraction, also based on a novel by Ellis, in 2002 and since both he and Tarantino like the works by Ellis, Tarantino has been eyeing the possibility of adapting Less Than Zero. Ellis recently confirmed, in an interview for Vice Magazine, that Quentin Tarantino has been "trying to get Fox to let him remake it" [35] At a Q & A at Harvard Book Store (2012) Bret Easton Ellis once again confirms, in a reply to a question if Less Than Zero will be remade, that Quentin Tarantino "has shown interest" in adapting the story. This Q & A filmed by WGBH Forum Network an is available on You Tube [36] called Bret Easton Ellis - Imperial Bedrooms.

  • Chris | March 27, 2013 4:20 PMReply

    Could you guys do one of these for Harmony Korine? He has so many good projects or potential projects that he's talked about.

  • Alex | March 27, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    Anyone remember the rumor that QT was gonna have a fake trailer in front of MACHETE? It was called Agent Orange and I believe it was about a British soldier who wants to restart the Vietnam war. Always loved that idea.

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