Quentin Tarantino is a 2-time Oscar winner and he’s been a heavyweight in the movie industry pretty much since he directed his first film, Reservoir Dogs, in 1992. His last film, One Upon A Time In Hollywood, has been nominated for 10 Oscars and this may be the one to get him the Best Picture award that’s eluded him in his previous eight movies. But what really matters is: what’s next? What is Quentin Tarantino’s next movie? And will the next movie be Tarantino’s last?
TARANTINO: WRITER AND DIRECTOR
Tarantino has two Oscar wins under his belt both being under the category of Best Screenplay. Of the nine movies he has directed, he has also written the nine. His voice is unique. Those who love him love his writing and dialogue. Those who don’t are quick to find fault or what they consider a fault. All in all, Tarantino is considered one of the top writers in Hollywood and by all accounts, he has one more story left to tell. That story will be Quentin Tarantino’s next movie.
Quentin Tarantino is generally acknowledged to be every bit as good a director as he is a writer. Sure, he doesn’t have a Best Director Oscar in his cabinet, but he is highly regarded as top-notch. The popularity and positive critical reception of his films speaks of his ability to direct. Knowing his material, as he is his own screenwriter, helps shape his vision as he sits in the director’s chair.
QUENTIN TARANTINO: ACTOR?
Tarantino has cemented himself as legendary in Hollywood, best known as a screenwriter and director, but from time to time, Tarantino finds himself in front of the camera too. Most of his roles are short and to the point as he cameo’s in many films. One of his larger roles was in Robert Rodriquez’s From Dusk Til Dawn, where he starred alongside George Clooney. Will he accept any acting roles once he makes his next and final movie? He’s not exactly in his prime, but why not?
10 AND DONE?
According to Quentin Tarantino, 10 is his magic number. He has filmed nine movies (actually 10 if you count Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 as separate movies, which he does not) and for the past however many years, has told anyone and everyone in Hollywood, ten is his limit. Quentin Tarantino’s next movie is his tenth.
Shannon McIntosh is Tarantino’s long-time producing partner, working with him on Death Proof, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Esquire spoke with her shortly after Once Upon A Time and she told them she believes Tarantino when he says he has one film left in him.
“I kind of do,” McIntosh told Esquire. “Sadly, I should say, I do. He’ll always write. He may have some TV shows he wants to make, but I think he will always be doing something creative. He will always program for [his LA cinema] the New Beverly, but he feels pretty resolute. He wants to be making a movie while he’s super-sharp on his game. And maybe he’ll get to ten and feel like he’s super sharp on his game and up it but… I don’t mess with that. It’s been a blessing that he has given us these nine movies so far.”
Will he or won’t he? That is the question on everyone’s mind. So, let’s assume that he has one left. If that’s the case, what ONE will he leave us with? Tarantino has fueled the rumors; others have come to their own conclusions. There is no shortage of ideas so let’s run through a few and see if any make sense as Tarantino’s next movie.
Hollywood has been trying to turn Predator into a modern day franchise for years, with numerous new movies which came and went with barely anyone noticing. So why haven’t any of the new Predator movies worked? Maybe it’s because they didn’t have Tarantino.
Word is that Quentin Tarantino may be considering writing the script for a Predator movie, at the behest of Disney. Thanks to their merger with Fox, Disney now owns the Predator name and they’re keen to cash in on all the big properties they acquired from Fox in the merger.
The plan is for Robert Rodriguez to direct the new Predator and Rodriguez, who is a long time friend of Tarantino, wants QT to write the script for him. It’s just a question of whether he can talk Quentin into doing it.
For his part, Tarantino has been showing increased interest in dipping his toe into the world of science fiction. He’s jumped through different genres throughout his career, but one of the few he’s never touched is outer space and science fiction. Restarting the world of Predator could be the perfect way for Tarantino to get his sci-fi fix.
Meanwhile Rodriguez actually directed the 2010 attempt at a Predator reboot which got OK grades from critics though it never actually connected with audiences. He seems to know how to direct a Predator movie, and with a better script this franchise might actually work.
STAR TREK AS TARANTINO’S NEXT MOVIE
Tarantino was, for a time, hot for a Star Trek movie to be his next and last feature film. And he wanted it to be R-rated in that loveable Tarantino fashion. Curse words, nudity, blood, guts… yeah, that doesn’t sound like Star Trek.
He was so keen on it that he pitched his idea to Star Trek producer J.J. Abrams and they began to develop the idea as a directing role for Tarantino. Surprisingly though, they had tabbed Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) to write the script based on Tarantino’s story as Tarantino was too busy working on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
It appears now that Tarantino’s next movie most likely be Star Trek and he’ll leave it to someone else. He still feels his idea should be made, just not with him in the director’s chair. He expressed his involvement (or lack thereof) via Collider, “I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it. It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”
KILL BILL VOL. 3
A trilogy for The Bride? Tarantino has always hinted at wanting to make a third Kill Bill movie. For a while there, it was assumed that because of ill will between Quentin and Kill Bill star Uma Thurman that it could never happen as Tarantino’s next movie. That has changed and the two are getting along again.
Recently Vivica A. Fox, who played Vernita Green in the first two movies, spoke out about the possibility of Kill Bill Vol. 3 to CINEMABLEND. The way she tells it, it sounds like talks about making are actually happening.
Here’s what Vivica had to say about where Kill Bill Vol. 3 is at with Tarantino: “Oh my gosh, I can’t wait. It rears its ugly head every couple of years. They’ll say, ‘So, Vivica, Kill Bill 3, they’re trying to make a sequel to all your movies. I think they’re waiting for my daughter to grow up.’ And then you always hear that Quentin falls in and out of love with Hollywood. He’s like, ‘I’m done, I’m back, I’m done.’ So, the latest I’ve heard is that him and Uma have been talking, and I’d love for them to figure it out. Quentin is great with flashbacks and figuring out some kind of way to make his characters alive again in a film. So, I’m really hoping that Vernita Green gets her revenge.“
The source of contention between Tarantino and Uma Thurman has always been an accident. During the filming of Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uma Thurman was hurt in a car crash. Tarantino took full blame for the crash but it didn’t stop the bad feelings from Thurman.
When asked about a possibility of making Kill Bill Vol. 3 his next movie, Tarantino cleared up the bad blood between he and Thurman on Sirius XM last December. “I just so happened to have dinner with Uma Thurman last night. We were at a really cool Japanese restaurant. She was bragging about me, and I was bragging about her. It was a lovely night.”
Tarantino has stated he has plenty of ideas on where to take The Bride if a Vol. 3 ever happens, though he hasn’t share exactly what those ideas consist of.
DJANGO AND ZORRO
Is this for real? Apparently so, well, at least the idea is for real. Rumor has it, based on the Sony hack of 2014, that Tarantino was all in favor of a Django/Zorro crossover, following the black-clad swordsman looking to free some slaves with Django as his cohort in “crime”.
As time has gone on, talk of this movie has tempered a bit with the level of Tarantino’s involvement in question and the simple question: is this really what Quentin wants to be as his last feature film? It could still be Tarantino’s next movie.
THE VEGA BROTHERS
Yes, those Vega Brothers. Vincent of Pulp Fiction fame and Vic from Reservoir Dogs. There has always been talk in Tarantino’s camp about this team-up. Tarantino went so far as to bang out a script he lovingly called Double V Vega.
Here is what he told CinemaBlend about his Vega brothers prequel, “The only thing I did know was the premise,” the filmmaker said. “I had a premise. It would’ve taken place in Amsterdam, during the time Vincent was in Amsterdam. He was running some club for Marsellus Wallace in Amsterdam, he was there for a couple years. In some point during his two years spent running that club, Vic shows up to visit him and it would’ve been their weekend.”
Unfortunately the trouble with Double V Vega now is how much time has passed for both John Travolta and Michael Madsen. Reprising their roles for a sequel doesn’t seem likely. That means two much younger actors would have to be cast in those two iconic roles. Chances are that wouldn’t work and it won’t happen as Tarantino’s next movie.
QUENTIN TARANTINO’S HORROR MOVIE
Horror? Tarantino? Some may say some of his movies could already be considered horror in a sense (Inglorious Basterds, Grindhouse: Death Proof) but not the outright horror film you’d see such movies like Halloween or Friday the 13th. But from the lips of Tarantino came this via the Independent, “If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth film,” Tarantino said. “I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film.”
Is he serious? He just may be deadly serious. Don’t be surprised if we end up with a slasher as Quentin Tarantino’s next movie.
Killer Crow is an idea was spawned from all the unused script parts of Inglorious Basterds. This unfilmed portion of the script had Brad Pitt’s character, Aldo Raine, come across a platoon of black soldiers on a mission of revenge. Killer Crow would follow this platoon as they attempted to hunt down all the white officers who cheated them in the military.
THE OUTBACK’S BONNIE AND CLYDE
Tarantino revealed at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con that he was working on a “Bonnie and Clyde-esque” story. It was set in the thirties in Australia, of all places. Unfortunately, not much more has been heard about this project, so it becoming his tenth and final film seems unlikely, though QT is often full of surprises.
THE 10 FILM LOOPHOLE AND TARANTINO’s NEXT MOVIE
You may wonder: with all these great story ideas in his head (and it’s safe to assume there are plenty more we haven’t even heard of), then why would Quentin Tarantino stop at ten movies? Why does Quentin Tarantino’s next movie have to be his last? He told GQ Australia why. “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road,” Tarantino said. “I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.” But what if can we find a loophole in what is truly considered to be 10 films?
Technically, he is at ten now. Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 were produced as separate movies. So it stands to reason IF a Kill Bill Vol. 3 were to come, it could be included with the first two and the trilogy could be one film. That’s solid Tarantino logic. Taking that logic further, the Vega Boys could be a continuation of Reservoir Dogs, making it one big film. So Quentin could make both Vol. 3 and the Vega Boys movie and still only be at 9 films.
Even Quentin Tarantino himself brought up the “loophole” subject when talking about Star Trek. “I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally, I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left-handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.”
Sounds to us as if that ten is a fluid number. There isn’t a lack of ideas. In fact, some are quite intriguing. Here is one more to whet your Tarantino whistle.
RICK DALTON AND BOUNTY LAW
For those of you who have seen Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, you know the character Rick Dalton, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. Dalton was a fictional ‘60s TV star who failing at making the jump to a film career. In the context of the film, was best known for his role in the Western TV series Bounty Law.
Because he is who he is, Tarantino has already written five episodes for a series he wants to call Bounty Law and he’d love DiCaprio to reprise his role.
TARANTINO’S SUPERHERO MOVIE
One of the genre’s Quentin Tarantino has never touched is the world of superheroes. It’s not from a lack of desire though. In fact he was all ready to make a Luke Cage movie between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, until his friends (and Larry Fishburne’s waistline) talked him out of it.
Tarantino tells CINEMABLEND: “What actually dissuaded me from doing it was, my comic book geek friends talked me out of it. Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would be the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. I’m talking about King of New York-era Larry Fishburne. I told him about it. But all my friends were like, ‘No, no, no, man, it’s gotta be Wesley Snipes.’ And I go, ‘Well look, I like Wesley Snipes, but I mean, Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I mean, I think Fish is the man.’ And they were like, Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already.’ And I go, ‘Well fuck that, man, that’s not that important, alright.’ I go, ‘Fuck you, you ruined the whole damn thing.’“
I’m just going to say it: Tarantino was right and his friends were totally wrong. Especially back in the time of Pulp Fiction, Fishburne was still in pretty great shape. here’s what he looked like, around the year 1994…
He wasn’t Snipes level-ripped, but who cares about that. Fishburne as Luke Cage would have been epic. It’s too late to Fishburne but it’s not too late for Tarantino to make a Luke Cage movie. Here’s hoping he reconsiders.
AND QUENTIN TARANTINO’S NEXT MOVIE IS…
No one knows when or what Quentin Tarantino’s last film will be. Best guess is not even Tarantino knows. Quentin Tarantino has always been an idea machine, and when his brain gets stuck on something, that’ll be what comes next.
Even if he stops making movies, Quentin Tarantino will have no shortage of creative outlets. Bounty Law sounds like an interesting premise as a TV show. He’s also acted before, maybe we’ll see old man QT do more of that.
For now Tarantino fans will just have to sit back and wait to see what and where his final film takes him. We’ll update this space as Quentin Tarantino’s next movie develops.
Changes In Tarantino’s Life
One reason for Tarantino’s determination to make his next movie his last may be personal. The famed director has recently been on the path to becoming a family man. Quentin’s wife is Israeli supermodel Daniella Pick and she’s pregnant with their first child. They’re naming it Leo.
Yes, the couple recently announced that their baby is going to be a boy and when it arrives, they’ll name it Leo Tarantino. No, it’s not for DiCaprio. The name was chosen to honor Daniella’s grandfather whose name Ari-Shem-Or means “lion” in Hebrew.
Still, someone had to have brought up DiCaprio at some point when they were coming up with the name. Tarantino and DiCaprio have made two movies together in Django Unchained and most recently the Award winning movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Maybe they didn’t name Leo Tarantino after Leo DiCaprio, but apparently they weren’t opposed to people making the inevitable connection, or they’d have picked something else.