If you’ve ever wondered if there’s more to Quentin Tarantino’s purposefully limited filmography than just verbose characters, eclectic soundtracks, and bloody, stylized violence, or if you’ve just spent far too many hours reading up on fan theories of his shared movie universe (check out David Fox's awesome breakdown of it all here), then you can rest easy knowing that your hours spent Googling and re-watching Pulp Fiction have paid off – Tarantino himself has confirmed that all of his films exist within the same universe.
Tarantino has been doing the rounds in Australia following the release of The Hateful Eight, along with Kurt Russell and his favorite leading man, Samuel L. Jackson. Taking a break from crashing screenings around the country, the three appeared on Channel 10’s The Project to discuss the new film.
When asked by presenter Waleed Aly whether the long-speculated fan theory was true, he responded in true Tarantino fashion (which basically means plenty of animated facial expressions and large hand gestures):
“That’s not 100% correct. There’s actually two separate universes. There’s the ‘Realer-Than-Real universe’ and all the characters inhabit that one, but then there’s this ‘Movie universe’ and so From Dusk till Dawn, Kill Bill – they all take place in this special movie universe. So basically when the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction ... when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go see. From Dusk till Dawn is what they go see.”
You can almost hear the collective shouts of “I knew it!” from the dedicated fans and theorists who have put the pieces together over the years. The confirmation is not only a treat for fans, but yet another example of Tarantino's creative genius and (frankly insane) attention to detail.
Catch the interview, and Tarantino's wild gesticulations, below: