Italian actor Franco Nero talked to reporters at the Los Angeles Italia Festival recently and caused a bit of a stir when he mentioned Quentin Tarantino’s name while discussing his next project. Nero described it thus, “The film will be called The Angel, The Bad, and The Wise and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot. We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino , Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy.”
According to an update from Aint It Cool, the title may be totally wrong, but Tarantino is definitely planning to do a spaghetti Western, and Christoph Waltz will be co-starring in some capacity. Treat it with the grain of rumor salt for now, but it sounds plausible.
The earlier quote, taken in context, could mean that Tarantino might have any number of itty-bitty little insignificant roles in the production; but people are already going ahead and speculating that this is going to be the next film he directs anyways.
It’s not a ludicrous assumption. There are a couple clues that jump out right away that this is something coming from Tarantino’s brain. Keith Carradine and Treat Williams are just the sort of underused, career could be better than it is, actors Tarantino likes to cast and rejuvenate in his films. Making something as homage to a classic director of genre films couldn’t sound more like his modus operandi. Plus, Tarantino has been previously quoted as saying that he wants to make a Western.
It’s unclear who Nero means when he says “we” are trying to produce it outside of Italy. Who is putting this thing together? When describing the trouble that you can have producing a film in Italy, Nero says, “Now all the films are produced by television and when you go to propose a project officer to Rai or Mediaset [they] say ‘this scene is too strong, can not go to 8.30 or 9.00 in the evening on TV’.” This could be taken as a sign that the movie is going to be made by Italian filmmakers and Tarantino is just coming on in some sort of producer role to help get the film made. That’s something he’s done before.
But still, if Tarantino were making a tribute to Spaghetti Westerns he’s the sort of guy that would have to get real Italian talent involved. That little bit of authenticity wouldn’t elude him. What do you think, is this the next Tarantino film, or is this going to be more of that “Quentin Tarantino Presents” stuff?