By now you've probably heard that Quentin Tarantino has shelved The Hateful Eight after the script--which he only sent to six people--was leaked throughout Hollywood.
Though Tarantino will not film the script, he instead plans to adapt it into a novel.
All of Tarantino's movies center around a prose-driven narrative structure. In fact, Quentin once planned on becoming a novelist before he turned to film making, so it's not so far fetched to believe that The Hateful Eight could become an engaging novel. But what of the other films that he has put on hiatus over the years?
I think at this point we can forget about Kill Bill: Volumes 3 and 4, which would have centered on the revenge plots of two Crazy 88 soldiers whom Beatrix Kiddo injured, as well as Vernita Green's daughter. Back in 2013 Tarantino confirmed that the films probably wouldn't ever happen, which is too bad. Instead, he expressed interest in another Shaw Brothers inspired epic, filmed completely in subtitles. That may have been more of the routine Tarantino gum-flapping rather than a solid concept though.
And what of the third installment to Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Killer Crow? That may still be a possibility. Of the film, Quentin said:
"I don’t know exactly when I’m going to do it, but 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 (Brad Pitt) 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.
It's an ambitious and compelling idea. Quentin has always had a love for Blaxploitation cinema, which he brought to fruition in Jackie Brown and Django Unchained, not to mention that he peppered the sub-genre throughout all of his scripts anyway. But I don't think I care much about this film. I want to see Quentin tackle some new genres, explore new themes, tread new territory.
Here's one genre Tarantino could film next--Science Fiction. It's not only because I'm a Science Fiction nerd, but it's a genre that I believe could use Tarantino's raw characterization and maverick edge. Good Science Fiction films are hard to come by any more, at least, compared to the classics, so a Tarantino attempt might deliver a fresh spin to a genre already plagued by tired cliches.
But then, the more I think about it, the more I wonder if he would most benefit by doing something completely unexpected, and here's why. Whenever a new Tarantino film raps, audiences are always discussing what genre he should film next. Even I'm guilty of doing that in this very article. Instead, why doesn't he break convention entirely and direct something like a sappy Rom-Com or compelling Biopic? You know, something you'd expect Spielberg or Howard to tackle instead.
One of Tarantino's most impressive devices is his ability to discover or revive exceptional acting talents. Christoph Waltz, Michael Parks, David Carradine, Michael Fassbender...all of these guys were brilliant in their respective Tarantino films. If he went with something like say, the Biopic or straight drama route, I'm certain that the actors he casts could pull off something truly exceptional.
What are your thoughts on The Hateful Eight? What should he do next? And there I go, reviving that old discussion again.