Recently at Cannes, director Quentin Tarantino gave an announcement of sort, talking about what his next film will be. If you’ve followed QT news over the past 8 years, you’ve undoubtedly heard the man promise Inglorious Bastards was next up year after year. The World War II action flick would follow a group of Allied soldiers marked for execution being given a chance to redeem themselves by taking a suicide mission against Nazi Germany.
Rumored stars include QT staple Michael Madsen and Reservoir Dogs co-star Tim Roth. The film takes its title from the Italian WWII movie Quel maledetto treno blindato, which in America, was released as, surprise surprise, Inglorious Bastards. Because Tarantino clearly lacks originality (lets be honest here people) you can tell the film is clearly borrowing from notable World War II films such as The Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare, and The Great Escape.
Let’s also take a moment to break this down. It is basically April 2008. Tarantino said that he wants to bring this flick to Cannes 2009. That gives him under a year to produce a finished cut. Even on a rushed schedule, that’d be something like 10 weeks of prep, 6 weeks of shooting, and 10 weeks of post. That’s a full 6 months in an absolute best case scenario. Considering financing hasn’t even begun and the shooting period and post period could easily be double what I allotted, the odds of this happening are low. On top of that, Quentin has taken like 5 years to just do the first draft, meaning that we still probably have another 2 or 3 drafts to go. What I’m really trying to say is don’t hold your breath for Inglorious Bastards.
Here is a transcript of what the man said, from our friends at /Film.
“Oh, yeah, no. The next movie I’m doing is my WWII movie Inglorious Bastards. I actually just finished the first draft of the script and when I go home I’ll be finishing it up…and if all goes well [pregnant pause] I will be here 2009 at Cannes with my war film INGLORIOUS BASTARDS!!! [applause].”
There you have it.
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