Ahead of the highly anticipated release of his eighth film, The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino is breathing life into rumors that have been whispered around the Internet for years.
'Kill Bill: Volume 3' could yet see the light of day!
Speaking to YouTube program What The Flick, Tarantino confirmed the possibility of a third volume, continuing the story of Uma Thurman’s beloved ‘Black Mamba.’
“There is definitely a possibility, stopped short of it being a probability, for one reason in particular: Uma and me would have a really good time working together again.
“I put [Thurman’s] character through a lot and I wanted her to have this much time for peace. I wanted her to have some time with her daughter… She could actually enjoy her life for a while.”
What would happen?
Tarantino clarified what the story would revolve around, with Volume 3 picking up many years later, allowing the characters to have aged just as much as the actors themselves.
Like Pulp Fiction, Tarantino credits the universe he created as a prime reason for why Volume 3 would work so well.
“Kill Bill is, pretty much hands down, my most visionary movie, insofar as I really went beyond Pulp Fiction to create this world that really doesn’t exist, where they have Samurai sword holders on airplanes instead of cup holders and that’s all good.”
But isn't Bill dead?
I hear you, and yes, sadly David Carradine himself passed away in 2009. However, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility to see a new actor take on the mantle of Bill.
If you're a hardcore Kill Bill fan, then you're already aware of the various fan theories surrounding the franchise, especially whether or not Bill is really dead. If not, head over to reddit to read jordanlund's awesome fan theory! Check out an excerpt below:
Beatrix hits Bill with the 5 point palm fist of death technique, but it seems that she's using the same form as the eye pluck learned from Pai Mei and it also looks like she hits Bill 6 times, not 5 as you'd expect.
Bill seems to be bleeding from a bit lip, not internal injuries as he asks "Pai Mei taught you that...?"
Beatrix responds "Sure he did", but the whole time she's shaking her head "No."
Bill then takes his 5 step walk of death, but if you look at his weight placement, he actually takes 6 steps. This is his acknowledgement. She hit him 6 times, not 5. so he takes 6 steps, not 5. It's a quiet acknowledgement that "If I pretend to kill you, you pretend to be dead."
Ok... nice theory, but still not buying it!
Fair enough, but even with Bill dead, Tarantino already set his sights on a third volume way back in 2004. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Tarantino had this to say about how Volume 3 would progress.
"Oh yeah, initially I was thinking this would be my ”Dollars” trilogy. I was going to do a new one every 10 years. But I need at least 15 years before I do this again. Uma won’t be the star, though she’ll be in it. The star will be Vernita Green’s [Vivica A. Fox’s] daughter, Nikki [Ambrosia Kelley]. I’ve already got the whole mythology: Sofie Fatale [Julie Dreyfus] will get all of Bill’s money. She’ll raise Nikki, who’ll take on the Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as the Bride deserved hers. I might even shoot a couple of scenes for it now so I can get the actresses while they’re this age. It’s exciting to know that somewhere there’s a little girl who’ll grow up to be my leading lady."
Of course, Kill Bill: Volume 3 has been long rumored, and with Tarantino now releasing his eighth film, the auteur has already signaled what creative direction he wants to take next.
Having been at the forefront of visual storytelling in cinema for over a decade, Tarantino is now setting his sights on more literary work. It seems the Pulp Fiction director could be hitting the theater stage in the near future...
“Since then my work has taken a step towards the literary, and it’s got denser and denser, this one [The Hateful Eight] probably being the densest of the group. And this is probably where I’ll be going, writing novels, theatre, that sort of stuff.”
The Hateful Eight debuts in the USA on Christmas day, with the UK premiere hitting cinemas January 8, 2016. The film features an all star Tarantino alumni cast, with Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Kurt Russel. Check out the trailer: