Saturday, 26 July 2008

Inglorious Bastards - Set for Cannes 2009

If you like the ugly and awesome universe in which director Quentin Tarantino’s visions take place, then his upcoming flick will, without a doubt, fulfill and surpass your expectations. The film, currently in pre-production, is titled Inglorious Bastards and is set to be all wrapped up for Cannes 2009.

Like his previous feature film Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards is to some extent an offshoot movie, influenced by The Dirty Dozen and Where Eagles Dare. It is a war film set during WWII and is about a team of U.S. soldiers who, at the point of execution, are offered a chance at redemption.

Just to make it clear, this film is not a remake of the 1977 Bo Svenson movie also titled Inglorious Bastards. The movie will be similar to Kill Bill in that revenge is the ultimate theme of the movie. Tarantino referred to this as a "guys-on-a-mission" movie.

Tarantino revealed that between the releases of Jackie Brown and Kill Bill, he was trying to write the script for Inglorious Bastards. Instead of the usual 100 to 200 page script, he wrote a 600 page script in three feature-length parts. This would result in the movie running for about six hours. Due to that length, there have been serious talks of this movie being released into multiple parts, which would be another similarity with Kill Bill (Kill Bill was released in two volumes).

In an interview, Tarantino claimed Inglorious Bastards is the best written script of all his work, which left many of us drooling.

In July, numerous articles popped up, stating Tarantino had released and sent his complete Inglorious Bastards script to Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Sony and Paramount Pictures. The articles also stated that the film would be produced by Lawrence Bender and Harvey Weinstein.

A later update to the article confirmed that Tarantino had spoken with Brad Pitt about starring in the film as the Bastards' leader, scarred hillbilly Lt. Aldo 'The Apache' Raines. Another rumour about Leonardo DiCaprio being considered for the role of Nazi Col. Hans Landa, has since surfaced.

So what elements can we expect to find in Inglorious Bastards, judging from Tarantino's previous work?

The usual references to the Dutch culture in his films will most definitely pop up,an example being the fries with mayo discussion between Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, in Pulp Fiction.

We'll probably see a cameo from Tarantino himself, as that's the norm in most of his movies, as well as the presence of fictional brands, due to his hatred for product placement (i.e. the 'Red Apple' billboards of top assassin Sofie Fatale in Kill Bill vol.1).

His lead characters usually drive General Motors vehicles, mainly Chevrolet and Cadillac, so we can expect to see this, too. We can also will hope to see a female character wearing a black and white pant suit; Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, Pam Grier in Jackie Brown, and Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, all wore similar suits.

And what would a Tarantino flick be without Michael Madsen, heavy gore, and violence?

That's just a few examples. If you want more, I recommend you watch any of the movies mentioned above.

There's even a supposed copy of the script kicking around (the article might contain some plot spoilers, so beware). Would you like to have an early look at the script.

That should give us at least a clue of what he has got instore for us. Until then, Cannes 2009 can't come soon enough.