Inglourious Basterds prequel?


Quentin Tarantino has told the New York Times that he has enough material for a prequel to his upcoming World War 2 film Inglourious Basterds.

Tarantino’s self-proclaimed misspelled masterpiece is set to debut at Cannes this month after almost a decade of gestation in the auteur’s cavernous imagination.

The film tells the story of a group of Jewish soldiers intent on scalping every last enemy in Nazi-occupied France.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and director says there was plenty of material cut out of the script before getting it to a lean 148 minutes; so much so, he might even turn some of it into another film.

“I have a half-written prequel ready to go if this movie’s a smash,” he said.

The prequel could possibly focus on an excised subplot involving African-American soldiers stuck behind enemy lines. Tarantino even sees the potential of a sequel starring the Basterds (include Brad Pitt and director Eli Roth) in which they head to south and take on the Ku Klux Klan.

Now before we all get excited, it should be noted that Tarantino also scripted a prequel to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction entitled The Vega Brothers, in which John Travolta and Michael Madsen would have reprised their roles from the two classic pictures. However, seeing as Tarantino has been talking about Inglourious Basterds since the late 1990’s, I wouldn’t put anything past him. Better late than never.

It will be interesting to see how audiences react to Inglourious Basterds. While the trailer (and title of the film) clearly position the Basterds as the stars, about 70% of the film focuses on the tale of Shoshanna Dreyfuss (Melanie Laurent), a young Jewish woman who runs a cinema in France, and prepares revenge against the Nazis who killed her family.

Tarantino clearly believes he has a winner on his hands. He states that his film is not a remake of the 1978 Enzo G. Castellari film Inglorious Basterds.

“It will be in the original category at the Oscars,” he said. It probably will.

Are you looking forward to Inglourious Basterds? What’s your favourite Tarantino flick? Any Tarantino haters out there?

2 Responses to “Inglourious Basterds prequel?”

  1. Hi Simon,First let me say, I thouroughly enjoy reading your work on here – keep it up! One thing though, your use of apostrophes is, um, not great! There is no need for an apostrophe in ‘soldiers’ or Nazis’ in your article on Inglorious Basterds. They’re just plurals – no ownership is implied, nor are there letters that have been omitted which are the two reasons an apostrophe is used. I’ve noticed this in quite a few other articles as well. Horribly pedantic I know but the rest of your work is so well written, why spoil it?As I said though, great read and keep it coming!

  2. Argh, my secret shame revealed. Proper apostrophe use has always been my kryptonite.I appreciate the comment Grammar Police, and although I do my best, I cannot promise it will be the last time I fail the apostrophe test.I’m glad you enjoy my writing though; thankyou for the kind words.P.S. – Are you also a Year 9 english teacher in Perth – because this sounds awfully familiar.

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