Quentin Tarantino is currently making the rounds talking to the press about his Oscar nominated World War II film Inglourious Basterds. We know through various interviews that his next film will either be a western or a gangster film. I would love to see him tackle either one of these genres. In a recent interview he reveals what his western film could end up being about. I absolutely love the idea, and here's what he told NY Daily Mail,
I'd like to do a Western. But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times. With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with. Let's shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time. And I would call it 'A Southern.'
I love that he is interested about making a movie around this setting. It would make for a fantastic story. Tarantino isn't really a big fan of biopics but if he does one it may end up being about American abolistionist John Brown, who unsuccessfully tried to cause an armed slave revolt in 1859. There's a chance that his slavery western will revolve around this man.
My favorite hero in American history is John Brown. He's my favorite American who ever lived. He basically single-handedly started the road to end slavery and the fact that he killed people to do it. He decided, 'If we start spilling white blood, then they're going to start getting the idea.'
Tarantino penned an article for Toronto's EyeWeekly earlier this month, and called him a "real basterd" (that's a compliment) and said, the man "basically started the Civil War."
Apparently this isn't the first time he's expressed his desire for making a film like this back in 2007 he did an interview with the Telegraph saying,
I want to do movies that deal with America's horrible past with slavery and stuff but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies. I want to do them like they're genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it's ashamed of it, and other countries don't really deal with because they don't feel they have the right to.
This is pretty much exactly what he did with Inglourious Basterds. This would be a fantastic project for him to tackle and I hope he ends up doing it for his next film. He hasn't decided what he's going to do next so when he knows we'll know, whatever it is, I'm looking forward to it.
And here's one little bonus Tarantino item you may not have heard before. Tarantino talked about a Basterds sequel last year saying,
Once the Basterds get through with Europe, they could go to the South and do it to the Kluxers in the ’50s. That’s another story you could tell.
That would make another great film! Could you imagine!? The guy has a ton of great movie ideas up his sleeve.
What would you like to see him do next?