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Old 06-20-08, 11:54 AM
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Hopefully there's some sort of promotional tie-in with the video game Duke Nukem Forever, as both will be coming out on the same day.
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Could it really be happening this time?:

Quentin Tarantino Talks Inglorious Bastards
Source: BBC News
June 24, 2008


"BBC News attended the Provincetown Film Festival last weekend where Quentin Tarantino talked about his now finished script for Inglorious Bastards, a "modern, in-your-face" World War II epic.

Tarantino maintains he is moving into pre-production right away and that no decisions about casting have been made.

Although the film has been described as his version of 1967's The Dirty Dozen, the filmmaker said, "what actually got me to sit down and put pen to paper was 'hey wouldn't it be fun to do a 'Dirty Dozen' kind of thing?' It doesn't look anything like 'The Dirty Dozen.'"

He added that he doesn't "want it to feel like a period film. I want it to feel current. I want it to feel right now. One of the things I have to battle against is 30 years of Nazi-occupation TV movies where we've all seen the big streets and the vintage cars and the Swastikas, and we've just seen that ad nauseum."

"This is a modern, in-your-face movie. This is not a TV movie period piece," Quentin said. He hopes to have the project done within 11 months in time for next year's Cannes Film Festival."
Old 06-24-08, 01:51 PM
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done in 11 months.. good one.

More like 11 years.
Old 06-24-08, 03:54 PM
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Maybe Cannes 2010 or 2011 but he's not gonna film a 4+ hour, 2 part epic war film ready in 11 months when they don't even have a cast, shooting locations, or probably even a finished script.
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this seems pretty big for him. Not that I dont think he CAN do it, but this looks like a production that could be plagued and end up broken down at the end.

who knows. I mean..hes been throwing this around for how long now?..
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Reuters

Tarantino going into battle with next film
Wednesday July 9 8:22 AM ET

Quentin Tarantino will start shooting his next film, the World War II action tale "Inglorious Bastards," in October, with hopes of having it ready in time for the Cannes Film Festival next May.

The long-gestating project revolves around a "Dirty Dozen"-like group of soldiers behind enemy lines. No cast is yet in place, though Brad Pitt's name has surfaced.

Tarantino acquired the title and remake rights to Enzo Castellari's 1978 film of the same name, but his screenplay is said to be an original.

The project is set up at the closely held Weinstein Co., which is looking to co-finance it with a major studio in exchange for foreign rights.

Weinstein Co. principals Bob and Harvey Weinstein have a long history with Tarantino, stretching from 1994's "Pulp Fiction" through the filmmaker's most recent effort, the commercially disappointing "Grindhouse" films in 2007.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


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From deadlinehollywooddaily.com:

Quentin Tarantino has just gone out with his long-anticipated script about World War II. But here's the weird thing sources are telling me: not only is Lawrence Bender attached to produce Inglorious Bastards, but also Harvey Weinstein who will be producing as well but not financing it. This certainly adds fuel to those rumors that The Weinstein Co is having movie money woes. After all, one of the ways that The Weinstein Co attracted investors was by hyping its creative connection to the Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill 1 & 2 writer/director who has long made a lot of money for a lot of people. But now only Harv, and not his investors, could potentially profit from the connection? Unreal. And let's not forget that The Weinstein Co produced and financed Quentin's last pic Grindhouse/Death Proof that tanked at the box office because of Weinstein's own admission that he erred in releasing it in the U.S. market as half of a too-long 3-hour, 12-minute double-feature. (UPDATE: QT and Harvey Weinstein lunched very visibly at Ago on Melrose today. Just in case anyone thought there was a rift...)
This latest Tarantino epic, originally for Miramax and originally set for 2001, has been so long in the works that some people thought it might never see the light of day. Tarantino himself has described it as a Spaghetti Western meets World II film that's an homage to 1967's The Dirty Dozen and its derivatives with a story about a group of soldiers on their way to be executed who get the chance of a reprieve. I hear it's gone out to Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount (all yesterday) and Sony (today). As usual, there's a lot of secrecy surrounding this Quentin project sent out by William Morris. In a BBC documentary done around the time of Pulp Fiction's release, Tarantino said that he always wanted to do a "guys on a mission" film and thought Where Eagle's Dare was the best of the genre. Some believe that Quentin's latest script is inspired by the 1978 Italian movie Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato which he has gushed over in interviews and is a more extreme version of The Dirty Dozen. Tarantino's script comes out just as the Enzo G. Castellari inspiration is heading to DVD...

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Woot!
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Brad Pitt to star in Inglorious Bastards?
Old 07-10-08, 09:08 AM
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A couple script reviews

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/37401

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/exc...-bastards-4978

Here is an excert:

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My name is Lt. Aldo Raine, and I’m putting together a special team. And I need me eight soldiers. Eight – Jewish – American – Soldiers. Now y’all might have heard rumors about the armada happening soon. Well, we’ll be leavin a little earlier. We’re gonna be dropped into France, dressed as civilians. And once we’re in enemy territory, as a bushwackin’ guerilla army, we’re gonna be doin one thing, and thing only, Killin Nazi’s. The members of the Nationalist Socialist Party, have conquered Europe through murder, torture, intimidation, and terror. And that’s exactly what we’re gonna do to them. Now I don’t know about y’all. But I sure as hell, didn’t come down from the goddamn smoky mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half Sicily, and then jump out of a fuckin air-o-plane, to teach the Nazi’s lessons in humanity. Nazi ain’t got no humanity. There the foot soldiers of a Jew hatin, mass murderin manic, and they need to be destroyed. That’s why any and every son-of-a-bitch we find wearin a Nazi uniform, there gonna die. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty, they will know who we are. They will find the evidence of our cruelty, in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German will not be able to help themselves from imagining the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heals, and the edge of our knives. And the Germans, will be sickened by us. And the Germans, will talk about us. And the Germans, will fear us. And when the Germans close their eyes at night, and their subconscious tortures them for the evil they’ve done, it will be with thoughts of us, that it tortures them with. But I got a word of warning to all would be warriors. When you join my command, you take on debit. A debit you owe me, personally. Every man under my command, owes me, one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me, one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred Nazi’s or you will die trying.

-Lt. Aldo Raine aka Aldo the Apache

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Even if this goes into production in October, what are the odds of this showing at Cannes? This sounds like an 3+ hours WWII epic, this is not getting filmed, edited, sound mixed and printed for a may showing. Maybe they meant to say Cannes 2010.
Old 07-10-08, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by RyoHazuki
Maybe Cannes 2010 or 2011 but he's not gonna film a 4+ hour, 2 part epic war film ready in 11 months when they don't even have a cast, shooting locations, or probably even a finished script.

Tarantino needs to talk to Clint Eastwood for pointers.
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Those script reviews got me pretty excited. I know Tarantino has a kick-ass war film in him. I really hope this gets made asap, but I wish he was getting the dream cast of Arnold, Sly and Bruce together. Imagine how insanely kick ass that would be. Although, it might be kinda hard to buy Arnold killing Nazi's with a thick Austrian accent.
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Just watched Death Proof. Plain boring.
Let's hope the next one is a good movie. Does not sound like it if it is a remake of the Dirty Dozen (sorry "hommage" - by the way the main "hommage" done by Tarantino is probably to Kubrick's The Killing)

This director is like Kevin Smith, they both need to grow up.

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Death Proof is many things, but boring is not one of them. And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Tarantino to become Terrence Mallick 2.0--for better or worse, he'll always make B movies. Expertly written, tightly plotted B movies, the best B movies ever made, but B movies nonetheless.

Last I heard, QT was writing parts for Madsen, Willis, Stallone, and Sandler. Anyone else?
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An issue with QT is for better or worse, like you said. He's a genre man, to make it even worse to some he's a HEAVY homage kind of guy. I like him for that, being a Film Major makes me admire him so. But all I remember from years back is the Madsen Rumor...it'd be interesting if Buscemi got a role in this thing.
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Originally Posted by Jericho
Tarantino needs to talk to Clint Eastwood for pointers.
More like Spielberg. Spielberg has a great track record for being on time and under budget. Well, after the Jaws fiasco.
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I'd like to see Sam Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke (maybe), Michael Parks, Willis, Madsen, Tom Jane, Ving Rhames, etc.
Wonder if we'll get two movies or one really long one.
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Originally Posted by chris_sc77
I'd like to see Sam Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke (maybe), Michael Parks, Willis, Madsen, Tom Jane, Ving Rhames, etc.
Wonder if we'll get two movies or one really long one.
Throw in Simon Pegg and you've got me on day one.
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Originally Posted by grrr
Death Proof is many things, but boring is not one of them. And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Tarantino to become Terrence Mallick 2.0--for better or worse, he'll always make B movies. Expertly written, tightly plotted B movies, the best B movies ever made, but B movies nonetheless.
I thought that was Shyamalan's thing?
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
I thought that was Shyamalan's thing?
Shyamalan and his "b-movies" can go blow me, for all I care.

Both he and Tarantino are pretty full of themselves, but at least Tarantino knows when to leave his ego at the door.
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Anybody got a copy of the script?
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Originally Posted by Neeb
Anybody got a copy of the script?
I do.
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now...I can't trust that comment. But...if so...I would a copy of that script. PM that monster to me.
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I read the first two-thirds of the script before losing interest, shortly after the scene where the German officers were playing the card game. That bit just stopped the whole thing dead for me; I just didnt' give a shit about them and it seemed like their story was just taking up page after page.

In order to pull this off, QT is going to need a lot of "star" power to not only carry the story, but to differentiate the characters from one another. I could easily see Natalie Portman playing the female lead, but other than that character, no one else really stood out for me as being interesting and I couldn't really put any name actors into the roles. I'd also say that trimming a number a of scenes and/or characters would be a good idea as well. The script runs about 180 pages, and it runs the risk of becoming a bloated mess. (Or Tarantino's Apocalypse Now.) I also don't think the story is strong enough to stand being split ala Kill Bill.

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I have the script also (if u search around the net, u can find it) and it is unlike anything he's ever written. Yes, some of the general themes and ideas are Tarantino (revenge) but some chunks don't even read like a typical Tarantino script.

It's not really even about the Bastards, the story is basically about a jewish girl who's family is slaughtered and she has a chance at revenge. (sound familiar)

And it's very interesting seeing Tarantino tackle a character based on a real individual (Hitler)

This does need a lot of star power to appeal to the masses or this will just turn into another Tarantino niche film, appealing to his fans and his fans only. (which isn't a bad thing for his fans, but for a studio looking to finacially back this and to make a profit, it will need some star power)

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Well, I finished reading the script.

And it's most definitely not what people are expecting. This will go down as one of the strangest WWII movies ever filmed.

I've changed my opinion somewhat, after having read the whole thing, though I still have a few problems with it. This is one where you're going to have to leave your expectations at the door; this film gets pretty out there.

Very general spoilers:
Spoiler:
The "Bastards" (or "Basterds?") barely appear in the movie at all. They're introduced in the beginning, mostly through a flashback of a German soldier describing them to Adolf Hitler. They're absent through a good chunk of the movie, and then show up at the end for the big finale. The bulk of the movie involves Shoshonna, a fugitive French Jewish girl whose family was murdered by a Nazi known as the "Jew Hunter."


Spoiler for the end (BIG BIG spoiler):
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One of my biggest complaints was the ending of the movie. Both the "Bastards" and Shoshonna have a scheme to kill Hitler and his inner circle, and both plans succeed. Either one of them would have done the trick, so it seems like, plotwise, there was a certain redundancy and waste, as you have two groups of characters dying to accomplish the same goal independently. I don't know, maybe QT is trying to make some statement about the futility and human cost of war, and it will certainly be interesting to see play out. I was also a bit taken aback by having Hiter, Goring, and Goebbels die and WWII ending in a French movie theater, though the "Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France" tag makes the whole movie into a fairy tale or fantasy.

It also bothered me that the Jew Hunter made it out of the alive (more or less). A bit frustrating since he's the central villain of the piece and fuels Shoshonna's desire for revenge.


Slight spoiler for the middle:
Spoiler:
I was a bit put off by the seeming obsession QT and the film have for German propaganda films of WWII. The films spends quite a bit of time analyzing and referencing them, and I didn't find that terribly interesting. Especially for a movie that's supposed to be a Dirty Dozen "men on a mission" type of affair. I can see this turning a lot of people off who are expecting hard-assed men doing incredible feats of bravery, and instead get a French new wave-inspired treatise on making films and operating projectors. This movie flirts with quite of bit David Lynch-style oddness.


As for my ideas for the cast...

Spoiler:
Hitler - Steve Buscemi
Goebbels - Quentin Tarantino
Goring - Harvey Keitel
Shoshonna - Natalie Portman
Aldo the Apache - Michael Madsen
Jew Hunter - Tim Roth
Zoller - Heath Ledger or Brad Renfro (who are both, unfortunately, deceased) Brad Pitt? (who has been attached to this film in rumors, though he seems a bit old for the part)
Bridget - Uma Thurman
Marcel - Chiwetel Ejiofor

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