‘Inglourious Basterds’ Spin-Off: Tarantino Talks Possible Film
‘Django Unchained‘ hit theaters on Christmas Day, and writer/director Quentin Tarantino is dropping all kinds of tasty bits of news on his press tour — including word of a possible ‘Inglourious Basterds’ spin-off film, and a little hate for legendary director John Ford.
Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy — the director recently drew (more) ire from fellow filmmaker Spike Lee regarding his latest film, the Western-flavored slave flick ‘Django Unchained.’ And while Lee’s issues with Tarantino have been well-documented over the years, it turns out Tarantino takes issue with another director — John Ford, whose role in ‘Birth of Nation’ both appalled and inspired Tarantino to create one of the most hilarious scenes in ‘Django Unchained.’
In an interview with Henry Louis Gates Jr. of The Root, Tarantino explains his problems with D.W. Griffiths’ ‘Birth of a Nation,’ which starred Ford in a minor role:
Well, John Ford put on a Klan uniform for D.W. Griffith. What was that about? What did that take? He can’t say he didn’t know the material. Everybody knew ‘The Clansman’ at that time as a piece of material… And yet he put on the Klan uniform. He got on the horse. He rode hard to black subjugation. As I’m writing this — and he rode hard, and I’m sure the Klan hood was moving all over his head as he was riding and he was riding blind — I’m thinking, wow. That probably was the case. How come no one’s ever thought of that before? Five years later, I’m writing the scene and all of a sudden it comes out (…) One of my American Western heroes is not John Ford, obviously. To say the least, I hate him. Forget about faceless Indians he killed like zombies. It really is people like that that kept alive this idea of Anglo-Saxon humanity compared to everybody else’s humanity — and the idea that that’s hogwash is a very new idea in relative terms.”
But it wasn’t all negativity in the interview. Way back when, Tarantino stated that he felt ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Inglorious Basterds’ felt like the first two parts of a larger trilogy, but that he didn’t know what this third film might be. Now, it looks like that conceived third companion piece might be ‘Killer Crow,’ the possible ‘Inglourious Basterds’ spin-off film he discussed in the interview that would follow black soldiers fighting for the Americans during World War II:
“There’s something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for ‘Inglourious Basterds’ way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f–ked over by the American military and kind of go apes–t. They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raines and the Basterds are having an “Apache resistance” — [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland… I was going to do it as a miniseries, and that was going to be one of the big storylines. When I decided to try to turn it into a movie, that was a section I had to take out to help tame my material. I have most of that written. It’s ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it… That would be the third of the trilogy. It would be [connected to] ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called ‘Killer Crow’ or something like that.”
Unfortunately, if he does get around to making ‘Killer Crow,’ it most likely won’t be his next project — as we previously reported that he’s keen to make a 1930s gangster film next.