Written by Magaly Solano, CNN Los Angeles, Calif.
In recent years, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been looking for the next screen classic among his more than 60 screenplays. Many of the films are based on stories he’s read or heard from friends, co-workers or even his film editor, Robbie Brenner, who served as Tarantino’s editor on his 1989 debut “Reservoir Dogs” and many of his subsequent projects.
“(The project) is kind of on fire,” Tarantino has said of “Pulp Fiction 2,” a sequel to his 1994 hit “Pulp Fiction.”
Tarantino hopes “Pulp Fiction 2” will be his follow up to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — which inspired a wave of nostalgic movie references and stars, including Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
Each project is typically a collaboration between Tarantino and his creative team. This project, however, has been in the works for over a decade now. Back in 2007, Tarantino said in an interview with EW he intended to write and direct a remake of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which will revolve around the rise of Jules, Rick and Marvin From East L.A. during the infamous Los Angeles summer of 1969.
In August, CNN confirmed that Pitt, DiCaprio and Paramount Pictures signed on to join the actor, director and co-writer in the film, which is expected to begin filming in March.
Tarantino has made several films that took advantage of this classic “Southern California theme,” including two of his most lauded works — “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill.”
But this wouldn’t be the first time a Tarantino film was followed up with another feature set in a similar time and place. “Inglourious Basterds” earned the director a Best Director Oscar in 2009.
Both “Inglourious Basterds” and “Pulp Fiction” focused on a secretive special ops unit led by a genius Jewish-American (Brad Pitt) whose mission is to rid Nazi Germany of its most evil types. In “Basterds,” the group commits atrocities on their way to its goal.
But it would appear that Tarantino doesn’t believe he created “Inglourious Basterds” — or its sequel — for consumption. In interviews for both films, Tarantino has said “Basterds” was “not really about the Holocaust at all” and denied that it was ever meant to be a cautionary tale.
Instead, he added, “the movies…was less about what I have a Jewish background and more about pure opportunism, the romance of capturing scalp-hunters and what it’s like to feel like you are putting a put a shot in the head of a rock star. That was the lens I was using to make a thriller that goes deeper and deeper and deeper than anything I have ever made.”
Earlier this year, the director announced a “prequel” film to “Inglourious Basterds” focusing on the early days of the Basterds. Like “Pulp Fiction 2,” the “Inglourious Basterds” prequel will include new characters. The script, however, has not been written yet, and Tarantino has said he’s unsure if there will be a third film.