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Quentin Tarantino Confirms He's Written A Western! But Will It Feature Franco Nero?

Beaks here...

It's official official: Quentin Tarantino informed Deadline's Mike Fleming last Sunday night that he has finished his western screenplay, and that the writing of it was rather effortless. Fleming speculates that the completed draft will be turned in to The Weinstein Company within the next two months, at which point casting and all that good stuff will get under way.

I can also confirm that this project is not the spaghetti western Franco Nero spoke about at the Los Angeles Italia festival. So scratch out Nero, Keith Carradine and Treat Williams; that's an entirely different project. I stand by my initial report that Christoph Waltz is on board, but since I'm getting conflicting reports about the tone and content of the screenplay, I'd like to back off calling this a "spaghetti western" (not that Tarantino's previous films have ever fit snugly into one subgenre).

And that's all we know for now. Though it's likely I'll see Tarantino occasionally over the next month at the New Beverly, I'm not going to pester him about this project - and if you'll be in attendance (tickets are on sale now!), I'd ask that you do the same. The New Beverly is cinephile sanctuary. It is Europa. Attempt no scoop-hunting there.

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  • March 1, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I knew it!

    by kidicarus

  • March 1, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by big_log


  • March 1, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Wow, first?

    by kidicarus

  • March 1, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    by big_log


  • March 1, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry my friend...

    by kidicarus

    But I hold that noble distinction. Anyway, if it's a Western, I hope it's a desert Western, not this "southern Western" I keep hearing about. I want to see dusty old cowboys, Mexican standoffs, and sweeping vistas. But knowing Tarantino he'll never do anything that straightforward.

  • March 1, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Hey BEAKS

    by Phimseto

    Can you ask Tarantino if he's going to try to work with Morricone this go-around? I was disappointed they weren't able to collaborate in full on IB, and would love to see Morricone return to the genre that made him famous.

  • March 1, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Oh good.

    by D Ropaela

  • March 1, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Not a Django cross-over? :)

    by impossibledreamers

  • March 1, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by donkingkong

    That's all

  • March 1, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Thank fuck

    by DannyOcean01

    Hope he's riffing on Ford, Hawks et al rather than that overly knowing, whistling, badly dubbed ass cheese we could expect from a spaghetti. As others have pointed out, a lot of Kill Bill touched on it anyway and I actually cringe at that type of homage from Tarantino now. I want to see him have a crack at the American Western.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    "...and that the writing of it was rather effortless."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    It's a good thing this fuck (and I say that with affection) is so talented; otherwise his titanic opinion of himself and his work would be stomach-turning. And it's verging on that anyway.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I hope he gets away from this B movie gear he's stuck in

    by sonnyfern

    I love QT's older stuff, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, but lately I just haven't been liking his stuff as much, I think it's because everything feels so kind of fixed in B-movie roots. I HATED Deathproof and Inglorious Bastards veered from being too silly too genius in the space of seconds. I hope he just makes a straight up dirty, dusky, down and gritty western.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    QT is...

    by Derek

    the most overrated hack. He can suck it.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see...

    by Uncle Pooky

    ...who he rips off for this one.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    RE: QT is overrated...

    by Citizin_insane

    ... Dont worry, the way this talkback will underrate him will bring about a sort of equilibrium, and we can move on and enjoy his films for what they are- fucking fun!

  • March 1, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Not the spaghetti western the world deserves...

    by JuntMonkey

    ...but the one that it needs right now.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Can't wait.

    by Chang-A-Lang

    Say what you will about QT. His movies are fun and the whole rip-off argument is moot at this point considering how bland most projects turn out these days. If it worked back then there's no reason not to make it work now. Remember that episode of South Park called Simpsons Already Did It? I'm sure it'll come back to you.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Influx of Westerns

    by Chang-A-Lang

    If I am ever lucky enough to break into this insane industry, I hope that by the time I do the Western hasn't been beaten to death. Plenty of good stories are left in that genre but only if the ones we get in the near future aren't half-assed.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    "Sergio" Tarantino should limit the dialog.

    by kabong

    "Inglourious Basterds" was a little heavy on the talking. Henry Fonda, Lee Van Cleef and Charles Bronson didn't talk much in their spaghetti Westerns. (They ain't talking at all now.) Just slo-mo on the drop of sweat . . .

  • March 1, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Kevin Costner

    by Dustin

    Here's hoping that QT gets Costner involved in some way. He offered Costner the Bill role in Kill Bill, so the two have at least some history. Plus, Costner just feels right in a Western.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I hope you're wrong about Christoph Waltz

    by Tjunior

    I can't imagine him in a western. You have to be wrong!

  • March 1, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Inglourious Basterds sucked ass..

    by Dark Doom

    Gee... if he can fuck up a WWII movie, he can fuck up a western, christ its the same plot. White hats=allies Black Hats=nazis Give us a lovingly crafted film, like Kill Bill's love of Kung Fu flicks.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Is this going to have as little action as his war movie?

    by Mr Nicholas

  • March 1, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    QT cannot spell or use commas correctly

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    He has "written" a western? The dude cannot write.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Christoph Waltz - Austrian cowboys? Now I've seen everything

    by Andy Pandy

  • March 1, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Terence Hill and Bud Spencer

    by Chanoc

    Have to be in the Spaghetti Western. Nuff said!

  • March 1, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    So he's doing that "Black Western he was talking about a year ago then?

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I remember him mentioning the slave would be the star of the film. Sounds good to me.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    If he could just sharpen up the dialogue a bit

    by Teddy Artery

    Just kidding, but shorter scenes would really help move his movies along. Sometime the lengthy exposition segments are pure screenwriting masturbation.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    So is this the movie he called a "Southern"?

    by Goochbag

    I think stuntcock mike and I are thinking of the same thing...

  • March 1, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Tarantino..hero to film school fags and lovers of overrated movies

    by alienindisguise

    I can sum up all of his flicks in three words...blah, blah, blah

  • March 1, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I've said it before...

    by Vegiterrorist

    Say what you want about Tarantino as a filmmaker, celebrity, actor, whatever. The fact is, if you're a film collector, he's the best friend you could ever have. My buddy and I are 16mm & 35mm collectors and do film programming on the East Coast, and we were able to "befriend" Mr. Tarantino during one of his QT Fests in Austin over ten years ago. He gave us his entire film list, and whenever we want to borrow one of his movies for a screening, he sends it to us free of charge. In fact, he usually ships it to us for free, and believe me, shipping a 35mm print is not cheap! He just loaned us two of his prints for our horror marathon this past October. Name one other major filmmaker who would even respond to a phone call or e-mail from his fans, let alone loan them rare movies from his personal archive! I may not always love every one of his movies, but as a person, that QT is A-OK with me.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by Arthur_Digby_Sellers

    You're all about regulating communication around Tarantino and his happenings. Just for you if I see him at the Beverly I'm going to ask him out of spite. Suck on that dickface.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST


    by Messiahman

    Actually, those three words just summed up your post nicely. Whoops.

  • Man ( Played by Christopher Walken): Yes, your fetlocks will get wet as you cross this creek, but the current has low turbidity, which should in no way cause you distress. I will provide you with plenty of crunchy granola once we reach the other side. (Long 20 minute pause as the camera does a 360 degree pan to reveal that now the horse is on top of the man). Man: - continued - This feels right, the bridle is mine - I think I would like some milk fade out

  • Word!!

  • March 1, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Though I'd still prefer the Coens do it...

    by Rhuragh

    ...if Tarantino is going to make a Western, how about making Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian? Do it straight. Don't try to shoe-horn it into a "classic" genre. Hrm. Maybe this isn't such a good idea after all. Ok, I'm ready for the stake. Hope you have a lot of firewood.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Marcel the noire movie protuberance

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba


  • March 1, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    why didnt this site promote half moon?

    by john

    tori black's first non porn film premiered last nite at the new beverly

  • March 1, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    "loan them rare movies from his personal archive"

    by bottombrick


  • March 1, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Stop pointing that gun at my dad!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 2, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    What, so we're hating Tarantino now?

    by Happyfat73

    Jesus H Christ, you fuckers will hate anything.</p> </p> Pulp Fiction was on telly the other week and I intended to just sit down for a moment. Damn me if I wasn't compelled to watch the whole thing again. It's masterful filmmaking.</p> </p> Death Proof aside, the man has a body of work that is pretty awesome, and the only thing I can feel for people who can't recognise that, is pity. For a film lovers' site, this place is visited by a lot of people who seem to hate films.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Two things... make that three...

    by Jaka

    First, I don't hate QT at all. I totally dig the dude in all his spastic, hand talking glory. But I don't worship at his filmic altar like some people do. I think he's made three classic films, a couple average ones and a couple clunkers. Not a bad average really. <p> Next, so then, is this the "Southern" Western some talkbackers mentioned in the last thread? <p> Lastly, I like this idea better. Even if he is making a "spaghetti" western, don't call it that. Let it take on a life of it's own once people have the opportunity to watch it. I love Westerns, and I always check out a new QT film. If it turns out that he does something interesting with the western genre as a whole (like say, Dances, Unforgiven, Assassination of Jesse James or True Grit) I'll be stoked. But if I go into it thinking "OK, this is QT having a go at another of his favorite movie store genres" I think it might cloud my judgment too much to properly enjoy it.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Just please let it better than Inglorious Basterds

    by quantize

    coz fucking hell, that was hands down his worst film yet and the guy is definitely capable of much better. I know the popular opinion is that it was great work, but I've never been more bored in a cinema..a terrific start which went onto a sluggish and unconvincing effort. The people who thrilled at it seemed more taken that they were 'in with the jokes'..but the only joke was the ridiculously poorly paces scenes and tedious finale.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by Ditko

    If what you´re saying is true (and why shouldn´t be?), then I´ve a renewed appretiarion for the guy. I think Tarantino is a bit overated myself, nothing since Pulp has come even close (yes, not even Jacky Brown, there, I´ve said it), but your story is great.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Holy Crap!!

    by Righteous Brother

    I've just seen the line-up of films coming to The New Beverley, what a bunch of films, I'd kill to see a run of films like that. It also includes Kill Bill The Whole Bloody Affai - which could be interesting, I just watched the two Kill Bills back to back last week, I'd like to see if this version is cut together differently.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    If he does some coke off my girlfriend's tit- while he's doing

    by UltraTron

    that. Is it ok to ask him about it while that's going on? Like the last time that happened

  • March 2, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Inglourious Basterds was brilliant

    by Mr Gorilla

    Think it was a real return to form after the very enjoyable but maybe a bit too clever Death Proof. Basterds may even be his best film yet, I think. I was entertained on every damn level. And then, the week after I saw it, I kept thinking about it and continued to be entertained. Shit dude, you've set the standard high - how the heck are you going to top that? (BTW, can you come over to Europe again soon, make another film here? Do something set in the past again, it suited you!)

  • March 2, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    darthjudas... Tarantino makes hipster films?

    by Happyfat73

    Have you ever watched a film by QT? Or is hipster just an arbitrary word you use to describe shit you don't like?

  • March 2, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Could it be 40 LASHES LESS ONE by any chance?

    by MaxTheSilent

    I'd love to see him do that one.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Interesting to see what he references.

    by thethang

    Seriously. One of my favourite parts of Inglourious Basterds was learning the Q.T. could reference German Propaganda movies as easily as he references nineteen seventies exploitation movies. So what's he going to reference in a film before film? Will we discover a hidden knowledge for the short story publications of the time? Could be cool.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Spaghetti Western VS a Turducken Southern

    by TheJudger

    I mean the term Spaghetti Western means a low budget western made in italy. So if you make it in the south- outside of grits- which wasnt invented in the south anyways- The most famous food invention of the South was the Turkducken.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Damn no wait- "Sawmill" or "Sausage" Gravy Southern

    by TheJudger

    How can I forget the Sawmill gravy and biscuits- damn me for that..

  • March 2, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    'Austrian Cowboys'

    by TheComedian77

    Did you all just completely forget The Magnificent Seven? HORST BUCHOLZ, German, remember that.....? I think Waltz could do the job, if the character is right. And with Tarantino writing, the character WILL be right. Anyone who doesn't love Basterds has problems.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Happyfat73 Hipster films

    by Jeremy Davis

    Maybe not the best word to use. Define that term really because I can't. What I was trying to convey is that QT always has to seem like he's on the cutting edge of cool or something, making all of these terrible grindhouse wannabe movies. Or Japanese noir. He mixes elements from all different genres into a giant mashup of hipness. And everyone praises it and calls it brilliant. I'm not saying it's not but by definition everyone thinks it's cool or cutting edge a la hip happyfat73.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    by mike

    ...i like typing pseudo witty statements in small text boxes so that nobody will read them...

  • March 2, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I'll never understand

    by morganmorgan

    The blind, over-the-top vitriolic hate generated by QT 'ripping off' other movies. Since the beginning I've always seen it as winking homages and sly references to (mostly) overlooked classics and obscure gems. Bonus easter eggs for film buffs. I mean how many first-time movie-goers could actually recognize the John Vernon line from Charley Varrick referenced in Pulp Fiction? I suspect not too many. Nobody says John Coltrane or Charlie Parker sucks because he quotes a line from some other popular standard in a solo. Just sayin'

  • March 2, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Holy shit, Costner in a Tarantino film would be amazing! And Costner could do with Tarantino's powers of acreer resurrection at the moment... MAKE IT SO QT!

  • March 2, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by darthderp

    Picture him in a dusty trenchcoat with a fedora, a Colt strapped to his waist and carrying a double barrel shotgun, working that mustache and a 5:00 shadow at 9 A.M. The BMF of the Old West...any takers??

  • You talk to any reputable film critic and you'll find multiple Tarantino films among in their list of greatest films of all time. Now it's perfectly fine if he's just not your personal taste. Their are lots of great films that I'm not personally crazy about. But to suggest they're bad films just because they don't suit your personal taste is absurd and suggest you are not the sort of person whose opinions about movies ought to be taken seriously.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Kill Bill(it's 1 fucking movie) is the ge Kung Fu

    by UltraTron

    epic- The star wars of revenge Kung Fu epics. A neo geo couldn't have made better fight scenes. It's masterful. The sound design is a character. The Bernard Herman twilight zonesque

  • March 2, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Browser attack!

    by UltraTron

    Dunno what happened. Anyway I love that one. Needs to make a space opera

  • March 2, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Of course the writing of it was effortless

    by Manaqua

    Its always easy when you just rip scenes and ideas from other movies far better than you'll ever touch.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Good to see the love

    by Mr Gorilla

    I mean apart from that person just above you who's talking about ripping scenes from other movies etc. Seriously, on that subject - I think one of the things about QT is that he manages to be derivative and original at the same time. He'll work within a genre, but really bring so much fresh to that genre. And, he's so PLAYFUL with the ideas! You're thinking and chuckling at the same time. 100% immersed in the story, yet somehow at a distance from it too. Wow! Huh? How'd you do that, dude?

  • March 2, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    3-D capture...

    by KHjLL

    I have a great 3-D film... Be like being at a roller coaster ride in theater...

  • March 3, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    TARANTINO'S Italian - Irish - Cherokee - N black...

    by KHjLL

    Spaghetti is in his blood down to his ROOTS...