Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Quentin Tarantino did a 40-minute interview with Enzo Castellari, the director of the original Inglorious Bastards (which Tarantino’s film is very loosely inspired by) for the three disc special edition dvd release. AICN has seen the interview and has a detailed rundown, which includes a few juicy tidbits about Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards.
- Two Films: Quentin says the story is too big for one movie, and will be split into two films, ala Kill Bill.
- The Story: Set in World War II, Tarantino’s screenplay begins with a bunch of hardened criminals on a military transport that gets ambushed by Nazis. The prisoners escape and must fight the Nazis and the Allies on their journey to neutral Switzerland. How cool is that?
- Casting: Over the years many names have been mentioned as being involved in the film. The list has included: Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Paul Walker, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Harvey Keitel, Fred Williamson, John Jarratt, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken. Tarantino now claims that the names were just conversations and nothing more. Apparently, Tarantino, who usually writes his characters with specific actors in mind, he decided to go the more traditional route with Bastards by characters unlimited by dream castings.
Tarantino announced at Cannes that he finally completed the screenplay, and that “if all goes well [pregnant pause] I will be here 2009 at Cannes with my war film INGLORIOUS BASTARDS!!!” The film is supposedly in preproduction, and I’m still more skeptical than ever that Tarantino will be able to finish not one, but two films by May of 2009. But we’ll see. At least he’s finally making the movie.