: Quentin Tarantino's war epic "Inglorious Bastards" - a band of U.S. soldiers facing death by firing squad for their misdeeds are given a chance to redeem themselves by heading into the perilous no-man's lands of Nazi-occupied France on a suicide mission for the Allies.
Tarantino relief at finishing project
Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino speaks of his relief at finishing the screenplay for his latest film project, a "modern, in-your-face" World War II epic.
Tarantino, who was at an independent film festival in the US, confirmed he has now finished the screenplay for Inglorious Bastards - his long-awaited new film - and he maintains he is moving into pre-production right away.
Tarantino said he was a "real happy dude right now"
He was speaking at the Provincetown Film Festival - where he received a special Filmmaker on the Edge award at the weekend, and was clearly pleased his script was all wrapped up.
"You're talking to a real happy dude right now," said the filmmaker, who only completed the screenplay last week.
He was surprised that the news of his screenplay had spread so rapidly. "I didn't know everyone knew about it, so this is actually kind of very bizarre for me."
Tarantino began writing Inglorious Bastards screenplay several years ago.
The film is a World War II epic and it will be the director's sixth major feature.
According to Tarantino no final decisions have yet been made about casting. But in the past a wide range of names from Tim Roth to Sylvester Stallone have been rumoured to be involved.
The film has been described as his version of the classic 1967 Second World War action movie The Dirty Dozen, starring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.
The director, pictured at 2008's Cannes Film Festival, is no stranger to publicity
That film told the fictional story of a group of American soldiers convicted of various military crimes who were ordered to go on a suicide mission behind enemy lines to kill Nazi officers.
But Tarantino points out that the original picture was only a source of inspiration, nothing more.
He says, "what actually got me to sit down and put pen to paper was 'hey wouldn't it be fun to do a Dirty Dozen kind of thing?' It doesn't look anything like The Dirty Dozen."
In the 90s Tarantino emerged to become one of America's best-known - and most controversial - independent filmmakers.
He made his name with Reservoir Dogs in 1992. He then followed up with the much celebrated Pulp Fiction two years later which brought him the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
With Inglorious Bastards he will be making his first period film.
But he said: "I don't want it to feel like a period film. I want it to feel current.
"I want it to feel right now. One of the things I have to battle against is 30 years of Nazi-occupation TV movies where we've all seen the big streets and the vintage cars and the Swastikas, and we've just seen that ad nauseum.
'Telling my stories'
"This is a modern, in-your-face movie. This is not a TV movie period piece."
Tarantino was a major attraction in Provincetown where two of his films were being shown.
The festival is now celebrating its 10th anniversary - and it has grown to become a well-respected international showcase for independent cinema.
The filmmaker was flattered to have been given the award but was not quite sure what to make of the accolade.
"I'm not trying to be on the edge, I'm not trying to go against the grain or anything, I'm just telling my stories and I've been lucky enough to actually find an audience."
In addition to receiving the award, Tarantino participated in an informal ceremony in which Provincetown officially proclaimed that 21 June would forever be "Quentin Tarantino Day".
The director was excited to have a day named in his honour but he left the festival with the sobering challenge of getting Inglorious Bastards completed according to a very ambitious self-imposed schedule.
He wants the picture, a project that has been subject to several delays, to be ready within 11 months in time for next year's Cannes Film Festival.
Quentin Tarantino Unveils 'Inglorious Bastards' To 4 Major Hollywood Studios; UPDATE: Director Asking Brad Pitt To Star
UPDATE: I've just confirmed that Quentin Tarantino is talking to Brad Pitt to star... And Harvey Weinstein will produce it with Lawrence Bender...
EXCLUSIVE: Quentin Tarantino has just gone out with his long-anticipated script about World War II. But here's the weird thing sources are telling me: not only is Lawrence Bender attached to produce Inglorious Bastards, but also Harvey Weinstein who will be producing as well but not financing it. This certainly adds fuel to those rumors that The Weinstein Co is having movie money woes. grondhouse1.jpgAfter all, one of the ways that The Weinstein Co attracted investors was by hyping its creative connection to the Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill 1 & 2 writer/director who has long made a lot of money for a lot of people. But now only Harv, and not his investors, could potentially profit from the connection? Unreal. And let's not forget that The Weinstein Co produced and financed Quentin's last pic Grindhouse/Death Proof that tanked at the box office because of Weinstein's own admission that he erred in releasing it in the U.S. market as half of a too-long 3-hour, 12-minute double-feature. (UPDATE: QT and Harvey Weinstein lunched very visibly at Ago on Melrose today. Just in case anyone thought there was a rift...)
This latest Tarantino epic, originally for Miramax and originally set for 2001, has been so long in the works that some people thought it might never see the light of day. Tarantino himself has described it as a Spaghetti Western meets World II film that's an homage to 1967's The Dirty Dozen and its derivatives with a story about a group of soldiers on their way to be executed who get the chance of a reprieve. I hear it's gone out to Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount (all yesterday) and Sony (today). As usual, there's a lot of secrecy surrounding this Quentin project sent out by William Morris. In a BBC documentary done around the time of Pulp Fiction's release, Tarantino said that he always wanted to do a "guys on a mission" film and thought Where Eagle's Dare was the best of the genre. Some believe that Quentin's latest script is inspired by the 1978 Italian movie Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato which he has gushed over in interviews and is a more extreme version of The Dirty Dozen. Tarantino's script comes out just as the Enzo G. Castellari inspiration is heading to DVD...
Quelle: Deadline Hollywood
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