Quentin Tarantino exploded on stage in the 1990s with Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), and Jackie Brown (1997). During this period, it seemed that the sky was the limit for the author, and there were quite a few projects he had in the pipeline that actually never ended up on the screen.
Even after the 90s, there have been plenty of unrealized projects with interesting facts and what-could-have-been speculation. In the end, audiences still have nine official Tarantino films and Proof of death, and it remains to be seen if his supposedly last next film will be one of those unseen ideas.
10 Killer Crow, The Inglourious Basterds Spinoff
Not all Inglourious Basterds’ script ended on the screen itself. There was a scene where Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) encounters a division made up entirely of black soldiers.
Killer crow, as it would have been called, was also a tale of revenge, but it would have created quite a bit of controversy, even for Tarantino. The reason is the division’s goal, which was to go on the warpath against racist white soldiers (even supposed “friendships”). According to Roden, Tarantino intended this to be the conclusion of a kind of trilogy: Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, and Killer crow.
9 Luke Cage in the 90s
Before even X men and Spider Man, Tarantino wanted to adapt the Marvel Comics character, Luke Cage, to the big screen. Tarantino was a Hollywood up-and-comer after the release of Reservoir Dogs, so his desire to make a film was a step in the right direction. However, he eventually joined Pulp Fiction.
While the audience, of course, has not seen Tarantino’s bid for Luke Cage’s comic book stories, it’s safe to say that Pulp Fiction is about as good a consolation prize as a feature film can get.
8 Working with Pitt before Inglourious
There was an opportunity in the 1990s for Tarantino to work with Brad Pitt. It would take about another 15 years for them to work together, but it was originally intended that they would collaborate on an adaptation of Jim Thompson’s The killer inside me, according to BlackBook. Pitt was to play Lou Ford, who would easily be one of the most despicable and violent characters in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Eventually, the book was adapted into a Kate Hudson, Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba movie that quickly disappeared from public memory. It is interesting to imagine that Tarantino works in straight noir with the original actors Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis and Pitt.
7 Natural Born Killers
Like Tony Scott’s excellent True romance (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994) is written but not directed by Tarantino. Instead, it’s Oliver Stone, and the final product is far more cluttered than Tarantino’s original, more streamlined script.
Tarantino has been vocal about how the Juliette Lewis / Woody Harrelson film is not the one he would have directed. But there was a version that would have been his whole. While it’s easy to imagine that it’s a different movie than the Stones (which probably fetishized violence instead of condemning the same thing), it’s even easier to imagine that Tarantino has one thing in common: Juliette Lewis.
6 There could have been more Vega
In the late 90s, Tarantino was on his way to revisit Vic and Vincent Vega. Of course, that would have been a prequel to both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, but even with the audience knowing the end result, it would have been a treat.
Apparently with the title The Vega Brothers, the film never happened, but that meant Michael Madsen and John Travolta would have repeated their roles as Vic and Vincent, respectively. The prospects for the project are pretty bleak at this point in 2021, but there was a time when it would either have been an excellent cap for his 90s or begin on his aughts. As Samuel L. Jackson’s best role in a Tarantino film, it’s hopeful that Jules Winnfield would have acted in some way.
5 More time with the bride’s daughter
Tarantino originally intended to make four Kill Bill film in its entirety, acc Cursed disgusting. The first two would, of course, focus on The Bride, while the latter two would focus on her daughter (and Nikkia, the daughter of Vivica A. Fox’s Vernita Green).
Depending on the viewer’s affiliation with the two existing films, the prospect of an expansion may prove tempting. It might also be something that could be done in one movie. If a potential project feels like a realistic last resort to Tarantino’s filmography, this is it Kill Bill: Volume 3. With the right actress as Maya Hawke, the adult BB Kiddo can become yet another of Quentin Tarantino’s toughest female characters.
4 A very different entrance to Craig’s Bond
Before Martin Campbell directed the 2006 James Bond masterpiece Casino Royale, Tarantino threw his hat in the ring, according to Distorted factor. He would have put it in the 60s, but would also have made an even more interesting choice. The author insisted that the current Bond, Pierce Brosnan, continue in the role.
It’s for the best that things went the way they did when Daniel Craig provided an excellent Bond. A time period from the 1960s, however, sounds like an interesting and reverence-driven direction for the future of 007. Moreover, Tarantino might have serendipitally revealed Christoph Waltz to the world in a role beyond Hans Landa (or Blofeld).
3 Tarantinos Enterprise Voyage
Star Trek (2009) was well received and a modest hit. Its successor, Star Trek Into the Dark (2013), had his problems but also did well in the box. Finally the underrated Star Trek Beyond was fun but did not break money.
With declining ticket returns, it would make sense with a massive upheaval. Tarantino instructs Star Trek or any other massively established property would be just this. Not only did this version of the franchise almost come to life, but it would also have been rated as R. And by knowing Tarantino, it would not have been soft.
2 Django meets Zorro
When Django Unchained proved to be such a hit for Tarantino in 2012, it naturally led to speculation about spin-offs and sequels. There was even a cartoon adaptation that set Django up against the shattered Zorro.
The director himself was not averse to talking about spinoff projects and even hired Jerrod Carmichael (hysterically in Neighbor) to bring that comic to life as a manuscript, as reported by Collider. In the end, nothing came of it, but the idea that Carmichael should have a role in Tarantino’s last film is, to say the least, alluring.
1 Django 2 became The Hateful Eight
Before the manuscript The hateful eight leaked and compromised its release, it was technically not The hateful eight at all. The earliest draft of Tarantino’s 2015 film was still Western-themed, but instead of a claustrophobic whodunit, the film was a Django succeeds according to Collider.
The title of the film should be Django in the white hell, and it is very difficult to imagine a particular scene in The hateful eight not to be a part of that narrative. As Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren confronts General Sanford ‘Sandy’ Smithers (Bruce Dern) about the man’s evil son, the words can very much come out of Django’s mouth.
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