Quentin Tarantino On Killer Crow, His Inglourious Basterds Spinoff
Film fans know that Quentin Tarantino has a lot to say. The writer and director of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds not only has a solid output of films, but he also can go on and on about movies. With his most recent film, Django Unchained debuting on Christmas, Tarantino has even more to talk about. Check out the first part of his conversation with The Root for proof.
While Tarantino discussed his writing process, dealing with slavery and how Django is a direct deconstruction of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, the biggest news comes at the beginning, when he mentions his original plans for Basterds and how they might spin out into a new film trilogy starting with Django and ending with a project called Killer Crow.
I don’t know exactly when I’m going to do it, but there’s something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f–ked over by the American military and kind of go apes–t. They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an “Apache resistance” — [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland.
So that was always going to be part of it. And I was going to do it as a miniseries, and that was going to be one of the big storylines. When I decided to try to turn it into a movie, that was a section I had to take out to help tame my material. I have most of that written. It’s ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it.
Tarantino went on to explain that the film would take place in 1944 after the Battle of Normandy. “That would be the third of the trilogy,” Tarantino said. “It would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called Killer Crow or something like that.”
He’s known for talking about projects that either never happen or seem very far in the offing — like the Vega Brothers film based on characters from Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction or the third Kill Bill installment — but the fact that he has at least part of this one written makes it sound like the rest of the Django trilogy has a good shot at getting made.