Still, when Tarantino drops such specific details about a film he’d like to make, it’s always worth notice. This is considering as many vague, one-line allusions he makes to genres he’d like to explore and stories he’d like to tell. In this case though, he’s elaborating on a very specific part of the Inglourious Basterds universe that is not only written, but was a large part of the original idea for that film, back when it was actually a potential mini-series.
Turns out, the story would be as much spiritual kin of Django Unchained as it would be a direct tie-in to Inglourious Basterds.
I don’t know exactly when I’m going to do it, but there’s something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been fucked over by the American military and kind of go apeshit. They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an “Apache resistance” — [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland. So that was always going to be part of it. And I was going to do it as a miniseries, and that was going to be one of the big storylines. When I decided to try to turn it into a movie, that was a section I had to take out to help tame my material. I have most of that written. It’s ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it.
He then suggests to The Root that it might be titled Killer Crow, “or something like that.”
Considering Django Unchained will likely end up my absolute favorite of the year, and Inglourious Basterds remains my pick for Tarantino’s best film, I’m all about the Catharsis Cinema the director has been on lately. If this is more of that, then I’m certainly down. That said, I do hope to hear more about Tarantino’s proposed gangster film, and if there’s some space between Django and QT righting some other historical wrong in favor of a different kind of story, all the better.
There is the suggestion in the film that this would complete a trilogy of sorts, and while that works, I think the last two films already fit nicely with Kill Bill as throwback empowerment movies for different minorities. In that sense, my weird OCD is happy to have him go in any direction that pleases him at this point.