Yesterday’s wonderful, exciting news that Quentin Tarantino would be following up his masterpiece Inglourious Basterds with a western starring that movie’s standout Christoph Waltz, naturally got me excited. You could say this enthusiasm has now become “official.” That’s because a story at Deadline has the filmmaker confirming that he’s not only doing a western, but that the script is finished and will be turned into TWC within the next two months. Production is also said to begin soon, which is great to know.
When I read this would be his next project, my mind almost immediately turned to a news item we reported on him over a year ago. That focused on the potential movie A Southern, which by all accounts would be a western. Back in February 2010, he talked about the idea, saying:
“Let’s shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time.”
Keep in mind, he also said the same basic thing back when Grindhouse came out in April 2007, and he’ll (too) often talk up projects that never actually happen. But when you consider that he was also quoted as saying that this script “flowed out” of him, any ideas he had built-up could have made this an easy writing process. But, really, who cares what exactly it is? This is a new movie of his, and that alone is enough to get me excited. The guy could direct Step Up 4 and I’d be there opening day, for God’s sake.
And in the territory of his lesser-known work, yesterday’s news had me go back to his IMDb page. Whilst perusing over his writing credits, I was kind of shocked that something was listed there that I had never seen. Clicking on its page, I discovered that he co-wrote and co-starred in, called Dance Me to the End of Love. Also written by Aaron A. Goffman (who directed), this strange, six-minute piece is set to the Leonard Cohen song of the same name, showing what seems to be a newly-married couple (Tarantino and Sylvia Binsfeld) going through turmoil. Being the massive fan of his that I am, I checked the thing out immediately. I can’t say for sure if I “liked” it, but fans of his work like myself should definitely give it a watch. At the very least, it gives you a look at him shirtless; try and object to that with a straight face. You can see it below, or over at A. Goffman‘s official site:
Are you happy a western is his next film, and do you think it could be connected to A Southern? What are your thoughts on this short film?
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