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Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing — heck, before X-Men and Spider-Man kicked off the current age of superhero blockbusters — Quentin Tarantino had his heart set on making a Luke Cage film. Though it never happened, the director revealed on a podcast that he had grand plans for one of his favorite comic book heroes and even had a specific actor in mind for the titular role.
The prolific writer/director appeared on Amy Schumer’s podcast via The Guardian and explained that he wanted to make a Luke Cage movie between his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He also explained how that choice caused him to abandon the project after his friends constantly badgered him to choose a different lead.
“Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favourite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.
“What dissuaded me … was my comic-geek friends talked me out of it,” Tarantino went on. “Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would’ve been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. But all my friends were like, ‘It’s got to be Wesley Snipes.’ And I go, ‘Look, I like Wesley Snipes, but Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I think Fish is the man.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!’ And I go, ‘F*ck that! That’s not that important! F*ck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!’”
In defense of Tarantino’s friends, Wesley Snipes would later land the role of Marvel’s Blade, which arguably set the stage for the onslaught of superhero films to come, so their judgment wasn’t too far off. Lawrence Fishburne did “get in shape in a big way,” however, and thoroughly proved his action star chops as Morpheus in The Matrix, so the Pulp Fiction director was definitely onto something.
Not to mention, he would’ve delivered a Luke Cage movie that featured the same knack for the Blaxpoitation genre that he showcased in both Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. But if you’re hoping Tarantino might still have a Marvel movie in him, don’t hold your breath. He’s still adamant that his next film will be his last, and it’s probably not going to be for the MCU.
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“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” might be a getting a novelization courtesy of Quentin Tarantino. The director revealed on the latest “Pure Cinema Podcast” episode that he’s currently eyeing a novel adaptation of his 10-time Oscar nominee. Tarantino said to the podcast hosts, “I hadn’t thought about that until recently. But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelization to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.'” Sony Pictures released “Hollywood” last summer to rave reviews and $374 million worldwide, a big haul for an original adult drama. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a television actor and his stuntman struggling to adapt to changing Hollywood in 1969. Margot Robbie appears as Sharon Tate. The film won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor Pitt and Best Production Design.
Whether or not Tarantino moves forward with a novelization of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” it appears likely fans will be getting some kind of supplemental version of his 2019 drama. The director has been vocal about leaving several scenes and characters on the cutting room floor, and he told IndieWire after the film debuted at Cannes that his assembly cut of the film ran over the four-hour mark. Brad Pitt said last September Tarantino was eyeing a miniseries release of “Hollywood” that would put back the deleted scenes.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” marked the ninth feature of Tarantino’s career, making it his penultimate effort should he stick with his current plan to retire from feature filmmaking after his 10th movie. Tarantino has expressed interest in moving to other artistic mediums such as plays and books, so a “Hollywood” novelization would make sense for the director. Tarantino said last fall he was also planning to write a novel about a World War II veteran jaded by Hollywood movies.
“I've got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there and now he's back home, and it's like the '50s, and he doesn't respond to movies anymore,” Tarantino said. “He finds them juvenile after everything that he's been through. As far as he's concerned, Hollywood movies are movies. And so then, all of a sudden, he starts hearing about these foreign movies by Kurosawa and Fellini. And so he's like, 'Well, maybe they might have something more than this phony Hollywood stuff.’”
There’s clearly books in Tarantino’s future. The director has not announced any plans for a follow-up movie to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The movie is available to watch on VOD and home video.
Before Marvel made billions with the concept, there was the Tarantino Cinematic Universe. Quentin Tarantino’s movies all exist in a shared universe technically, universes, a theory that the director himself confirmed a few years ago. “There’s the realer than real universe, alright, and all the characters inhabit that one. But then there’s this movie universe,” he said. “And so From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe. So basically when the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go to see. From Dusk Till Dawn is what they see.” One easy-to-spot connection between nearly all his films, from Pulp Fiction to Inglourious Basterds to The Hateful Eight, is Red Apple cigarettes. The fictional brand also pops up in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood “Better drag, more flavor, less throat burn”, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, bonus Red Apple content was filmed, but left out of the theatrical cut. That’s what Blu-ray extras are for:
In the faux cigarette commercial, different Red Apple options are introduced, such as Red Apple Lites and Red Apple Menthol. At the end of commercial, James Marsden appears playing a young Burt Reynolds endorsing the brand. There is another commercial for Red Apple that made it into the film, which stars Rick Dalton Leonardo DiCaprio, occurring during the end credits.
Burt Reynolds — not Sonic the Hedgehog‘s James Marsden playing Burt Reynolds, but Gator and Smokey and the Bandit star Burt Reynolds — was the original choice to play ranch owner George Spahn, but he died before the unsettling Spahn Ranch scene could be shot. Bruce Dern took over the role, but Reynolds’ influence can still be felt in the film.
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Quentin Tarantino is only going to make ten movies before he calls it quits, but that doesn't mean he won't find other ways to keep himself busy. Case in point, we learned last year that the filmmaker had plans to turn the fake western TV show Bounty Law from his movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a real thing. Now, Tarantino has offered an update, saying that he intends to direct all of the episodes himself. Though, it may be a while before he gets around to it.
Recently, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. With that, Quentin Tarantino made the press rounds a bit again, as he surely will be leading up to the Academy Awards. During a recent interview, he was asked about the status of Bounty Law and if he intends to do something with the scripts he's written. Here's what Tarantino had to say about it.'As far as the Bounty Law shows, I want to do that, but it will take me a year and a half. It got an introduction from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but I don't really consider it part of that movie even though it is. This is not about Rick Dalton playing Jake Cahill. It's about Jake Cahill. Where all this came from was, I ended up watching a bunch of Wanted, Dead or Alive, and The Rifleman, and Tales of Wells Fargo, these half-hour shows to get in the mindset of Bounty Law, the kind of show Rick was on.
I'd liked them before, but I got really into them. The concept of telling a dramatic story in half an hour. You watch and think, wow, there's a helluva lot of storytelling going on in 22 minutes. I thought, I wonder if I can do that? I ended up writing five half-hour episodes. So I'll do them, and I will direct all of them.'
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, by Quentin Tarantino math in part since he counts Kill Bill as one movie, was his ninth movie. That means, assuming he's good on his word, and there's no reason to think he isn't, he's got just one more movie to make. One might assume he would get to work on that before handling Bounty Law, but it's hard to say.In any event, it looks as though Quentin Tarantino will be writing and directing his first TV series in the future. The big question is, can he get Leonardo DiCaprio to reprise his role as Jake Cahill, a character played by the fictitious Rick Dalton, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio? That one is a bit of a head scratcher in terms of logistics. One would think Tarantino would have to find another actor for the gig, as DiCaprio is not only very busy, but he doesn't come cheap.
However things end up playing out, the idea of Tarantino making an old-school, half-hour western show seems like a fun concept, especially taking into account what little we saw of Bounty Law in the movie. The other question is, where will the project end up? Tarantino has a decent relationship with Netflix, as he re-cut The Hateful Eight as a miniseries for the streaming service last year. So that may seem like a logical...