Currently aboard the hype train publicising his first book – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: A Novel – filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been dropping hints as to what’s in store next, in particular his plans for his final film. Yep, it seems he’s still adamant that he’ll tap out after ten movies, and with that leave an untainted legacy of highly regarded titles rather than go the route of too many other directors who lose their touch, eventually taking gigs simply for the paycheque and thus littering their IMDB profiles with lesser works and outright guff.
Earlier this week Tarantino revealed that he considered ending his run where he began 29-years ago with a remake of his first film, Reservoir Dogs. Ordinarily, the very idea of a remake would cause film fans to riot, but Tarantino himself reassessing his own material? He had our curiosity... but now he has our attention! Sadly, however, it wasn't to be, and he eventually nixed the idea. (Though it sounds like we might eventually get a Tarantino-penned Reservoir Dogs novelisation in the same vein as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: A Novel, which would be great. Please get Steve Buscemi to read the audiobook version!)
Though Dogs is off the table, another film Tarantino routinely teases a return to is Kill Bill. Even as far back as 2004 when Vol 2 was released, the writer/director talked of a speculative Vol 3 picking up the story a few decades later, when the daughter of Vernita Green (codename: Copperhead) seeks revenge upon Uma Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo for the death of her mother, a murder she witnessed when she was 4-years old. In fact, Kiddo even sets the sequel up, inviting the young girl to come find her when she’s grown up, if she “still feels raw about it”…
17-years down the line, it appears Tarantino never soured on the idea, and had this to say about a possible Kill Bill Vol 3 on the new episode of The Joe Rogan Experience:
“The Bride and her daughter B.B. had 20 years of peace - and then that peace is shattered and then they’re on the run. The idea of casting Uma and casting her daughter, Maya [Hawke], and the thing would be fucking exciting.”
It would indeed, and the idea of casting Stranger Things 3’s breakout Maya Hawke, an actor he’s already worked with on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is perfect!
Maya Hawke in Stranger Things 3
Elaborating on the possibilities, Tarantino continues…
“Elle Driver is still out there, Sophie Fatale got her arms cut off, she’s still out there. They all got Bill’s money. Gogo had a twin sister, Shiaki, so her twin sister could show up...”
By the sounds of it, Tarantino has spent some considerable time thinking about the world of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, so let’s hope he pulls the trigger on the project one day soon. Maya Hawke herself must be similarly enthused to see Vol 3 materialise!
Before we get too psyched though, it’s worth remembering that QT has been promising Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (the fabled 4+ hour re-edit of the film, reinstating it to its originally conceived form) for 17-years also, and we still never got that. And don’t get us started on The Vega Brothers!
With Tarantino in no rush to deliver his final film, we’ve got a long wait ahead before we learn of Beatrix Kiddo’s fate, if we ever do at all!