Quentin Tarantino has kept his fans waiting for his remake of the World War II “Dirtier Dozen” movie, leading some to call him an inglorious bastard himself. Well, the script’s finally out and we’ve learned a lot, including that Brad Pitt may want in, as well as the fact that Tarantino likes to spell ‘bastard’ the wrong way.
No cast has been confirmed but Pitt’s name is being mentioned for Basterds, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s awesome website. Pitt is no stranger to Tarantino’s work, having played the classic pothead Floyd in True Romance. The role was so memorable that it inspired the story for Judd Apatow’s upcoming Pineapple Express. I doubt he would play a stoner again, but Pitt could certainly handle anything Tarantino throws his away.
El Mayimbe over at Latino Review was lucky enough to read through Tarantino’s potential masterpiece, stating “If you took the bad guy swagger of Reservoir Dogs, the uber coolness and structure of Pulp Fiction, throw in the revenge angle of Kill Bill, set in World War II, you get Inglorious Basterds.” El Mayimbe also said “Hands down, the script was the most enjoyable read of the year for me so far.”
Sounds like Quentin Tarantino Greatest Hits: Volume 1, which could be a very good thing. Here’s a preview of a monologue from the script:
My name is Lt. Aldo Raine, and I’m putting together a special team. And I need me eight soldiers. Eight – Jewish – American – Soldiers. Now y’all might have heard rumors about the armada happening soon. Well, we’ll be leavin a little earlier. We’re gonna be dropped into France, dressed as civilians. And once we’re in enemy territory, as a bushwackin’ guerilla army, we’re gonna be doin one thing, and thing only, Killin Nazi’s. The members of the Nationalist Socialist Party, have conquered Europe through murder, torture, intimidation, and terror. And that’s exactly what we’re gonna do to them. Now I don’t know about y’all. But I sure as hell, didn’t come down from the goddamn smoky mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half Sicily, and then jump out of a fuckin air-o-plane, to teach the Nazi’s lessons in humanity. Nazi ain’t got no humanity. There the foot soldiers of a Jew hatin, mass murderin manic, and they need to be destroyed. That’s why any and every son-of-a-bitch we find wearin a Nazi uniform, there gonna die. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty, they will know who we are. They will find the evidence of our cruelty, in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German will not be able to help themselves from imagining the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heals, and the edge of our knives. And the Germans, will be sickened by us. And the Germans, will talk about us. And the Germans, will fear us. And when the Germans close their eyes at night, and their subconscious tortures them for the evil they’ve done, it will be with thoughts of us, that it tortures them with. But I got a word of warning to all would be warriors. When you join my command, you take on debit. A debit you owe me, personally. Every man under my command, owes me, one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me, one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred Nazi’s or you will die trying.
-Lt. Aldo Raine aka Aldo the Apache
Sounds politically correct enough, huh? The script clocks in at 165 pages, which would make it roughly a 2 hour and 45 minute film. Rumor has it that Tarantino will go the Kill Bill route and cut it into two parts. I loved Kill Bill Volume 1 but felt Volume 2 was a disappointment because Tarantino eased up on the throttle, especially towards the end. It doesn’t seem that we will have that issue with Inglorious Basterds.
So who do you think would be great for Inglorious Basterds? Does Tarantino round up Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and the rest of his Reservoir Dogs? We know Roth can handle playing a soldier with the way he smoothly acted in The Incredible Hulk. Or do you want new blood in the film?
You can read the rest of El Mayimbe’s thoughts on the script here.