Quentin Tarantino Says Next Film Will Be a Western; Not a Sequel to DJANGO UNCHAINED

     November 27, 2013


Quentin Tarantino started his feature film career with a string of crime films, but then changed gears with the eclectic mix of Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained.  Now it looks like his next movie will see him sticking to the Western genre.  During an interview on The Tonight Show, Tarantino said “I haven’t told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre: It’s a western,” but wouldn’t go into any more details other than to say, it wouldn’t be a sequel to Django Unchained.  Tarantino explained, “I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing,’”

Hit the jump to check out video of the interview, and for speculation on what the Western could be.

django-unchained-quentin-tarantino-movie-image-set-photoScreenwriter BenDavid Grabinski, who was at the taping, brought the news to Hitfix‘s attention, and noted that Tarantino is almost done writing the script.  Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny then provided some ideas about what the movie could be:

  • A film about abolitionist John Brown, who led an anti-slavery revolt at Harpers Ferry in 1859 that ended with his capture.  He was then tried and hanged.  Tarantino says he sees Brown “as a mythic hero” and would treat the movie as a Western.  Curiously, this would see him returning to the subject of slavery.
  • There’s also the possibility of a film set in the Australian outback, but done in the style of a Western.  There was a hint of that Australian flavor in Django, and I thought it was an amusing touch.  However, I think I’m one of the few people who liked Tarantino’s goofy Australian accent.
  • He could return to adapting Elmore Leonard (Tarantino previously adapted Leonard’s Rum Punch into Jackie Brown) by taking on the novel Forty Lashes Less One, which “deals with an Apache Indian and a disgraced black Union soldier who meet on death row before they are sent on a suicide mission to find and kill the five worst outlaws in the West.”

Earlier this year, Tarantino had teased the prospect of making a trilogy out of his “rewritten history” movies, and previously talked about wanting to make a 1920s gangster movie.  There’s also Killer Crow, which would focus on a group of black soldiers who go AWOL in 1944 after the invasion of Normandy.  However, if Tarantino is determined to return to the Western, it will put these projects on the backburner.  As for Kill Bill: Vol. 3, there’s no indication he’ll bring it back from the dead.

Here’s the video of Tarantino talking about his untitled Western along with his writing process, his previous appearance on The Tonight Show back in 1992, and more:


  • Jason Richards

    Tarantino is a fucking hack. Like my film school teacher used to say, ” he can imitate Leone all he wants, but he aint no fucking Leone.” I can’t wait until this prick retires from making films.

    • Ridley C

      Why so angry? If you don’t like his films, then why comment? Why even click on the link at all? Some of us like Tarantino. Argue all you want that he isn’t original, but he is entertaining.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Hate is jealousy in disguise
        I bet he has all Tarantino movies in rotation at his house
        He’s one of the reason I didn’t go to film school and decided to go out and make a movie

      • GrimReaper07

        I love Tarantino, but I don’t find it so weird for someone to hate him. I’d say its very easy to do so.

      • axalon

        “Why so angry? If you don’t like his films, then why comment? Why even click on the link at all?”

        Because then he won’t be able to show you how smart he is.

    • João Piloto

      I do believe that maybe it’s your teacher that’s a fucking hack…but you’re ok fuckstick

    • ya

      This is why your film school teacher is still teaching and Tarantino is making entertaining movies.

    • axalon

      I believe the saying goes “those who can’t do, teach”

      • BigJimSlade

        And those who are bitter about it bash talented and successful artists.

    • chris

      those who can’t do… teach! Professors need to bash a filmmaker to feel good about themselves!

    • bidi

      your film professor sounds insanely jealous and bitter

    • zac

      oooohhh i went to film school oooohhh i know an old director’s name oooohh look at me my opinion is better than anyone else’s

  • mattinacan

    Tarantino has nothing but masterpieces in his filmography aside from Deathproof. I was hoping for a 1930′s gangster pic, but another western is fine by me. I thought he said his WW2 apache warpath film was going to be next.

    • lordjim

      masterpieces?no.but certainly enjoyable movies.django was a bit boring though, especially django himself, also in a movie like that the bad guy should have some charisma.don johnson was great but criminally underused.i even found death proof better.

      • mattinacan


      • lordjim


    • -

      How is Inglourious Basterds a masterpiece? Or Django, for that matter. Even Jackie Brown I wouldn’t go so far as to call a ‘masterpiece’ (although it’s close)

      • mattinacan

        learn a little about film and then you will understand

      • Ben Wigler

        I agree with you that his portfolio is stacked with masterpieces, but I’d agree with the above poster that Jackie Brown isn’t really one of them. RD, PF, KB1&2, and Inglorious Basterds (his crowning achievement, imo) are nearly-indisputable masterpieces.

        I’d hesitate to include Django, JB, or Death Proof on that ‘perfect’ list, although I think they are all stellar pictures (including Deathproof, imho), and Django is damn close. It’s just too hot-on-the-heels of Basterds; I feel like KB2 was more distinct from KB1 than Django was from Basterds.

      • lordjim

        you have clearly no idea about film teenage boy.

      • mattinacan

        i’m 30 and work in entertainment, now deliver my pizza already

      • lordjim

        i never would have guessed that you are older than 13, my fault.according to your idea that every well directed movie is a masterpiece you probably work for uwe boll, so i get your point.you should save your money for the pizza and invest in some decent production values though.

      • mattinacan

        sorry i can’t talk to you about the work we are doing, it’s way above your pay grade, son

      • mattinacann

        What a douchebag

      • mattinacan

        sorry i can’t talk to you about the work we are doing, it’s way above your pay grade, son

  • Louis Bednark

    I want to see Tarantino do a science fiction movie so damn badly!

    • MIXTER

      This is a great idea. Never thought of that.

      Also, I love westerns, and Tarantino movies. So I

      cant wait for this film, I would love it if he got Clint Eastwood himself into the movie, maybe as his old Character “the man with no name” but old version.

  • Person

    The Elmore Leonard idea sounds almost exactly like the first half of Django — two disparate people team up to take down bad guys. The John Brown idea is actually pretty cool, would love to see Tarantino take on a biopic. The Australian western could also be cool too, it’s vague enough that Tarantino could do something really interesting there. The African American soldiers going AWOL after Normandy sounds too much like Basterds. I love QT, I just want him to do something totally different than what he’s done already.

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  • kemo

    gone are the golden days of QT. Nothing has been as good as Reservoir dogs or Pulp fiction.

    • lordjim

      jackie brown was his most mature effort.

      • Al

        and Inglorious Basterds was his most thought out film. Also, Reservoir Dogs doesn’t touch Basterds or Kill Bill in terms of quality.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        It’s called budget, bub

    • sunshine

      yeah i liked reservoir dogs, when i was 19…

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Elba wants QT to make a biopic about Idris Elba starring Michael B. Jordan as Idris Elba and Idris Elba as Idris Elba’s father.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      you made me laugh you scoundrel.

    • The Flobbit

      Idris Elba has cancelled the apocalypse. Idris Elba is God.

    • Johnny_Mook

      Alternatively, I would very much like a Tim Roth-QT reunion

  • anon

    I wonder if Quentin will ever make a sci-fi film.

  • matt murdock

    Tarantino is a complete douchebag. I would love to stick his fathead in a toilet and just keep flushing. A real POS this character is. A completely racist, bigoted, arsehole.

    • The Flobbit

      Yep, he’s a complete asshole in real life. But he does make good movies…

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  • chris

    Tarantino shoots and edits fast. If he finishes in Spring, this will be released in 2015. Okay, i wished he finished earlier so it will be 2014. i still wish for the day PTA, Tarantino, and Nolan gets to be in one oscar roundtable(it’s the only excuse to get together) and talk about FILMS!!!!

  • -

    Could be good. Up until the shootout I found Django really entertaining.

  • AWZ

    Would rather see a spy movie from him. With Idris Elba as his James Bond. That would be awesome.

    • The Flobbit

      It would be R-Rated, there would be numerous sex scenes, Bond would kill hundreds of henchmen with a linoleum knife and a six-shooter. The villain would be played by Christoph Waltz and he would be deformed.

  • The Flobbit

    I’m a big fan of the Australian western a la John Hillcoat style. I feel they can be grittier, dirtier, and more violent as there is more to be explored there.

    • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

      Quentin Tarantino’s “Quigley Down Under”, with Tom Selleck reprising his role but this time as a gunman who goes Down Under.
      “I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn’t know how to use it. ” – That’s a pretty Tarantino-y a line.

    • lordjim

      tarantino is too much in on the joke to be gritty and real, i prefer john hillcoat in that matter.

      • The Flobbit

        As do I, but that is because Hillcoat IS Australian and made one of the greatest Westerns ever: The Proposition.

      • lordjim

        yes, and if you are into gritty australian movies, and unless you have seen them, you really need to watch “animal kingdom”, “the snowtown murders” and especially the brillant “wake in fright”.

      • The Flobbit

        Seen em’ all. All great. HUGELY recommend Willem Dafoe’s tour de force The Hunter; a haunting, visually stunning psychological drama.

      • lordjim

        yes, i have seen it and it´s great.reminded me how underrated sam neill is, a truly exceptional actor, dafoe too of course.i wished more movies like that would be made.

  • Walter White

    I’d rather see him do something new rather than retread the same ground. But the Western genre is VERY broad so we’ll see how this goes.

    • Mersa

      All he does is retread the same ground, except with a few nwords added to the dialogue and a fresh soundtrack!

    • Mersa

      All he does is retread the same ground, except with a few nwords added to the dialogue and a fresh soundtrack!

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  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    I will not say that QT is a hack. Au contraire, he is a talented director. But he is doing the same damn thing since the assassination of Lincoln.
    I enjoyed Pulp fiction and somehow Jango, because of DiCaprio and Waltz astounding performance. The others, not that much.
    Inglorious basterds had such a good premise, It started wonderfully in the opening scene but fell down in the third act. So cliché.

  • JackieBWasHisLastGoodFlick

    It can’t possibly be as bad as Django Unchained … Can it?

  • Sd_brain

    Can you finally work with Daniel Day Lewis

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