Fresh off the massive success (and slight controversy) of his latest film Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, news and blog sites have begun the inquiry of guessing what tale filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has planned next. Since the writer/director had mentioned that his tenth film would be his final work, critics and fans have clamored loudly, attempting to guess what his final chapter in is directing filmography will be. So much so that even the Star Trek franchise may be a possibility.
While the rumor mill runs wildly, Tarantino took part in a Q&A on the DGA Quarterly with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese on the Directors Guild of America website. In the middle of the conversation, Tarantino brought up that his current work is not a film, but a novel instead.
“Right now, I’m working on a book. And I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through. As far as he’s concerned, Hollywood movies are movies. And so then, all of a sudden, he starts hearing about these foreign movies by Kurosawa and Fellini… So he finds himself drawn to these things and some of them he likes and some of them he doesn’t like and some of them he doesn’t understand, but he knows he’s seeing something.”
Tarantino continued, delving into the process of writing through his main character’s eyes:
“So now, I find myself having a wonderful opportunity of, in some cases, rewatching and, in some cases, watching for the first time movies I’ve heard about forever, but from my character’s perspective. So I’m enjoying watching them but I’m also [thinking], ‘How is he taking it? How is he looking at it?’ I always like to have a good excuse for just throwing down into a pit of cinema…”
There’s no doubting Tarantino’s talent in writing, but it is intriguing to see this cinematic genius step away from the visual storytelling he is so accustomed to. In 2013, Tarantino teamed up with Eisner Award-winning comic book creator Matt Wagner to develop Django/Zorro, the comic book series that partners Tarantino’s protagonist with the legendary vigilante and defender of California’s people. Seeing Tarantino set foot in the world of novels is definitely an interesting move that gives the film legend a new medium to conquer with his unique storytelling abilities.
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