Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Tarantino is Back

I hear that Grindhouse is about 3-hours in length. It’s comprised of two 90-minute horror films: Tarantino’s Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. They are reimagining a double billing of ‘70s exploitation films, which were dubbed “grindhouses.” Apparently, during the “intermission,” we will see quite a few fake trailers of other ‘70s exploitation films. Tarantino told MTV that they’re working on trailers for the blaxploitation, kung-fu, sexploitation, and spaghetti-western genres. “I think for sure I'm going to do the sexploitation trailer, which is called Cowgirls in Sweden,” he said. The cast of Death Proof and Planet Terror will also make cameos in the fake trailers.

Thus, in the trailer for Grindhouse, we also see a trailer for a fake movie called Machete. I suppose it’s a good thing Machete isn’t a real film. All the screenwriting gurus would’ve bitched about him not having a character arc.

It’s been
reported that Tarantino’s next film, Inglorious Bastards, which is about a group of soldiers who, on their way to being executed, get the chance for a reprieve, is a 6-hour, 600-page script.

Michael Madsen’s in it. His character is meant to be an homage to Charles Bronson. Madsen said that Tim Roth and Adam Sandler are also attached. Eddie Murphy has confirmed rumors that he’s been approached to be in the film. There have also been rumors about Paul Walker, Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, and Bo Svenson. Not only that, Tarantino is famously quoted as saying, “I've said it once and I am going to say it again. I want Bruce, Sly, and Arnold for my World War II epic. I have always dreamed of having these 3 superstars together in a movie.”

Sly is now
reportedly “locked” to be in the film.


GameArs said...

I count the seconds to movies like that.

Mim said...

Quentin started out his career as a writer with smaller commercial ventures, like True Romance. He's paid his dues and now he can do exactly what he likes.

This once again proves the rule that if you establish yourself wisely, people will jump onto your bandwagon.

bob said...

I'm surprised that anybody would put up a bankroll for a 6 hour movie for purely financial logistical reasons. A film will usually have a buzz for short period of time after it opens, so the key to success is to get it into as many theatres as possible, with as many showings as possible. Grindhouse will only get half the number of showings as a standard length movie. Theaters will hesitate to invest that heavily in tying up screens because they'll only get half the concession sales for that screen. Plus a movie has to be pretty damn awesome to make someone invest 6 hours of their time in it. Geez, I sound like a wet blanket. I'd love it if I was wrong.

Mystery Man said...

Mim - You're absolutely right. He's in the enviable position of being able to do whatever he likes now.

Bob - He'll have to cut them up into two films, a la Kill Bill. But I do think it would require the presence of Bruce, Sly, AND Stallone to get people to invest their time and money into both films. He could pull it off.

Mystery Man said...

I think "Grindhouse" is the kind of thing Bill Martell would describe as "Director Porn."


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