Quentin Tarantino is infamous for talking a big game — for publicly announcing he’s working on some movie that never comes to fruition. Where’s that Reservoir Dogs/Pulp Fiction spin-off, you may be asking, about Vega brothers Vincent John Travolta and Vic Michael Madsen? Will we ever actually see Kill Bill Vol. 3? Still, he seemed more serious than usual about helming a Star Trek movie, which he’s talked up since 2017. Well, guess what? It appears he’s dropping that one as well.
The legendary filmmaker was talking to Consequence of Sound as caught by The Hollywood Reporter as his ninth and most recent picture, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, snatches up numerous end-of-year awards and nominations. During it he confessed that he won’t be writing flowery/cuss-heavy dialogue for Captain Kirk any time soon.
“I think I’m steering away from Star Trek,” he confessed, though he added, “I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet.”
Tarantino also seemed to confirm a certain longtime threat: That he’d direct 10 movies and then retire, at least from filmmaking.
“In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last. So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement,” the director said. “I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, ‘Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?’ No, no, don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it.”
Of course, Tarantino is saying this a mere few weeks after it was announced Noah Hawley, of Fargo, Legion, and the Natalie Portman space movie Lucy in the Sky, would be helming the fourth in the Federation’s most recent film iteration. That said, as per THR, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish offered the possibility of having two separate Trek movies.
In the past, Tarantino has claimed his version of a Star Trek film would be R-rated, even describing it as “ Pulp Fiction in space .” And now, perhaps, you’ll never know what that would be like…unless Tarantino has another of his characteristic changes of heart.
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.
Via The Guardian
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