Quentin Tarantino talks Django, Corbucci, Jonah Hill, Kill Bill 3 and much more at Comic-Con!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I owe a big thanks to the Weinstein Company and Quentin Tarantino for showing an awesome 8 minute sizzle reel from Django Unchained that I saw at Cannes and had already written up. Today is a crazy con day, so I feel like I finished some of my homework during the school day!
That just leaves the Q&A with Quentin Tarantino, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins and Jamie Foxx, so let’s jump into it, shall we?
-Tarantino said that there is one person in the film that is a direct ancestor to someone from his universe, but would not tell us who.
-He also mentioned that he wrote Kerry Washington’s Broomhilda von Shaft with the thought that she was John Shaft’s great, great, great grandmother.
-QT has had Django Unchained in his head for 13 years, always wanted to do a spaghetti western in the style of Sergio Corbucci. He called Corbucci the spiritual godfather to Django Unchained (fitting since Corbucci did the original Django).
-He said the germ of the idea was that he wanted to make a movie about a slave who became a bounty hunter and hunts white men before the civil war.
-In an early rehearsal, QT pulled Jamie Foxx aside said he needed to get to the slave and make sure that he throws away the celebrity and actor baggage. He wanted Django to start off as the “sixth slave next to the seventh,” to not be an obvious action star.
-QT has backstories “the movie before the movie” for Django and Dr. King Schultz. He didn’t want to tell us, but he said there’s a definitive reason for Schultz fleeing from Germany. He is a fugitive himself.
-Kerry Washington’s character, Broomhilda, was owned by a German master and speaks and sings German in the film. Waltz gave her some pointers and when she first sang a German lullabye to him he said he teared up. The German crew (holdovers from Basterds) apparently said she has the most adorable accent ever.
-Kerry was apparently very interested in siphoning movie knowledge from Tarantino. He gave her lots of Marlene Dietrich, particularly The Flame of New Orleans and The Spoilers.
-Apparently a there was a cast dinner at some point where Tarantino brought up a movie that Don Johnson was in that Don Johnson argued with him that he wasn’t in… Tarantino was right (of course).
-Jonah Hill plays a character that is in a pre-KKK group called Regulators who go on the hunt for Django. Apparently this sequence is what Tarantino considers the funniest thing he’s ever written, right up there with the color name handing out scene from Reservoir Dogs.
-A fan asked about Kill Bill 3 and Tarantino said “I’m not sure if there’s going to be a Kill Bill 3. I always said it would be 10 years later if I did it, so we’ll see.” He made sure to underline that it’s still bouncing around in his head, but the time hasn’t come yet.
Now on for the rest of my Hall H adventure!
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July 14, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST
July 14, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST
of course not
July 14, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST
So why he's being coy about it now is strange. It's even listed as his next project at the IMDB, although that's hardly reliable. Personally, if he's only going to direct until he's sixty, another ten years - with three more films at best during that span given the rate he works at - I would rather see three originals than any sequels/ prequels. If he's going to direct until the grave then bring on Kill Bill 3, Basterds prequel, etc.
July 14, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
July 14, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST
Did he explain why Down By Law is better than Clue?
July 14, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST
I never bothered buying the home video releases of the two halves because of the impending release of the definitive cut. It's been impending a long fucking time, though.
July 14, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
I can't believe its almost already been 10 years since Kill Bill. And yea, I can't believe almost 10 years later and we still haven't seen the fabled The Whole Bloody Affair.
July 14, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST
I havent seen down by law but nothing is better than clue.
July 14, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST
Tarantino said that Drive was a nice try which is funny because it's an amazing movie. My friends and I after getting out of Drive said that somewhere Tarantino is sweating. lol
July 14, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST
Jackie Brown or "ENGLISH MUTHERFUCKER, DO YOU SPEAK IT?!!!"
July 14, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST
He said maybe he could do one after 10 years. Just like he said maybe he could do a Pulp Fiction spinoff called Vega Bros, which he decided to not do.
July 14, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST
Tarantino specifically said that there would be a Kill Bill 3 in a German or Italian TV interview after Basterds came out
and that it would be one of his next films. So he DID say it, and wasn't just making idle speculative chatter during press for the first two volumes a decade ago.
July 14, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST
by Wacky Packages
July 14, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST
Escape from NY part 3 with Russel back as Snake then after that he should be given a Bond film. not Daniel Craig as Bond in movie number 24 or 25 or whatever, but a retro 1960s or even 50s Bond film starring an unknown Connery type or Fassbender as 007 (a one off low budget possibly R rated experimental retro thing from EON after Craig finishes and before they restart with another guy for the present day)
July 14, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST
and re-work his ideas for his version of Casino Royale into that. He should just create his own original character, like Lucas created Luke Skywalker when he couldn't get the rights to make Flash Gordon. Why Tarantino thought he would actually get a chance to make a Bond film, a licensed property, in his own style is beyond me. Then he should tackle the sci-fi genre. I could see him doing a Heavy Metal style exploitation type science fiction film, R-rated, with gore, big breasted women, monsters, and things like that. Like Planet of the Vampires, Barbarella, Flash Gordon, Galaxy of Terror-type material.
July 14, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST
July 14, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...because without the proposed third movie, it wouldn't be "whole", would it?
July 14, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST
yes i agree - those scenarios are more likely than actual sequels SF wise - i could sort of seeing him do something like you suggested but also with a big 60s Star Trek influence. like if an Enterprise type crew found themselves in a nasty R rated space horror
July 14, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST
like if the Enterprise crew found themselves in a nasty R rated space horror
July 14, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST
make whatever film he wants to make, and not listen to anybody's input. Death Proof is a great film I don't care what anybody says.
July 14, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST
July 14, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST
I walked out of his half of Grindhouse for that reason. Totally unenjoyable.
July 14, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST
So he probably would do something like that. Maybe he should do a sexploitation movie as well. After all, he was supposed to do a Grindhouse trailer for 'Cowgirls in Sweden'. I think he'd be too much of a pussy to go through with it, though. He's a big nerd that barely ever got laid before he became famous, and would be too scared to ask girls to take their clothes off - and the proof is in Death Proof, which should have featured female nudity because it was an exploitation film, but bafflingly did not.
July 14, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST
by Mike McCutcheon
July 14, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST
Along with Vega Brothers and that Mandarin language kung fu movie he mentioned a few times. One of those things that's kind of a fun idea but realistically he's never going to actually do it. Because, let's face it, what would be the point?
July 14, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST
and call it 'Blow Out'.
July 14, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST
by Arcadian Del Sol
If you watch the trailer and see Jamie Foxx speaking, its almost like QT showed him clips and said, "do an impression of that guy."
July 14, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST
July 14, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST
by golden tribw
Blu-Ray unified cut with full color House of Blue Leaves fight and extended anime sequence please!
July 14, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST
Remember that Samuel L Jackson sees a photograph of him and Robert Forster together and asks: "who's that big Mandingo looking n----- in the picture with you?" Only problem with that theory is that Tarantino doesn't consider Jackie Brown as his 'universe', but Elmore Leonard's. Maybe he's changed his mind about that.
July 14, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST
July 14, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST
by Christian Sylvain
Puts a smile on my face.
July 14, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST
Django is a direct descendant of Phil LaMarr's character from Pulp Fiction... what was his name? Marvin?
by Tigger Tales
And that legacy ending in the back of the car.
July 14, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST
by some dude
...saying something sucked is less descriptive of the thing being "criticized" and more so of yourself.
July 14, 2012, 9:27 p.m. CST
Ive had it for a couple years
July 14, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST
...worst purveyor of racist imagery in the history of history.
July 14, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST
because you're waiting on a rumored edition that may not happen for 10 years, if ever. Just buy the damn things. They're like $7 a piece.
July 15, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST
In your opening line you say the Comic Con sizzle reel is 8 minutes long, but in the Cannes article you then link us to, you say the footage you saw previously was only 4-5 mins long. So it kinda sounds like you saw some new stuff that you couldn't be bothered writing up. Just sayin'.
July 15, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST
Not the worst--just the first. I'd argue that Gone With The Wind has done hugely more damage than "Birth Of A Nation" ever did--it slipped the meme that slavery was benign, slaves loved their positions in live, and that there was a nobility to the entire transaction. Being the most popular film in American history (by adjusted dollars) it is incalculable how many white Americans believe this image. With almost no cinematic images to counter it (how far down the "biggest box office" list do YOU think you'd have to go to find an accurate image of slavery?) the idea that slavery was benign lives on, and justifies Conservatives equating it with immigration. Just vile. D.W. Griffith is a spit in the bucket in comparison. No one but film students have seen his fucking movie for generations.
July 15, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST
Two totally differant movies. Both good in my opinion.
July 15, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST
Brunhilde and Django are Shaft's ancestor, so the QT character who has an ancestor in this film is someone else. My guess is Dr. Schultz is Bill's ancestor. One is a bounty hunter. The other is leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. Think about it.
July 15, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST
July 16, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST
as in "The Lonely Grave Of Paula Schultz" from "Kill Bill: Vol. 2"
July 16, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST
July 16, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST
QT should want to do a Modesty Blaise film or The Avengers (Emma Peel Avengers) reboot. Everything about both these movies are right in his wheelhouse. Both should be rated R ... of course.
July 16, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST
Read all the books, and all the comics, and knew Peter O'Donnell. There is simply no reason for an "R" rating, which would reflect none of the values of the strip, the characters, or the man himself.
July 16, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Dec. 27, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST
It's Michael Parks. His character is only credited as The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee but he is doing the exact character he played in 3 other films (Texas Ranger Earl McGraw). He's the ancestor. Paula Schultz isn't a character in the universe, she's just a name. McGraw is the obvious descendent. BTW for those who are going to say that's just how Michael Parks acts, its not. Its a character he's putting on.
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