Weinstein threatens more ‘Basterds’

Posted by · 1:31 pm · June 26th, 2009

Harvey Weinstein and Quentin TarantinoThe jury may still be out on Quentin Tarantino’s latest opus following a rocky Cannes premiere, but don’t tell that to Harvey Weinstein. Resurrecting the talk that surfaced over a year ago that Tarantino had designs on more than one instalment of “Inglourious Basterds,” the producer claims to be ready for seconds:

“Brad wants to do Inglourious II. We all want to do it. And the movie hasn’t even come out yet!” the movie mogul told GQ magazine. “But unfortunately I cannot give away the plot.”

Weinstein reports that Tarantino has so much material mapped out for the “Inglourious Basterds” universe that there was talk at one point of making a Band of Brothers style TV series.

“We could do two movies, three movies. I was begging for the movies, but Quentin wanted to do the TV series, Bob [Weinstein, Harvey’s partner in The Weinstein Company] wanted to do the TV series, so it was like two against one, you know?

“And I was getting outvoted all over the place, so I just figured, All right, forget it, I’m not gonna be a loser, I’ll jump to the winning side. And then Quentin turns it into one movie. Go figure.”

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  • 1 6-26-2009 at 2:23 pm

    JC said...

    Save for Brad Pitt playing it a bit too broadly for my taste, I’ve rather enjoyed most of the trailers I’ve seen for IB. That said, they seem to be emphasizing a quick visual pace which I hardly think will represent the actual film.

    Anyways, I’m not bothered in the least by the emphasis on dialogue over action (until the end of the film). If you like QT’s style of writing (eccentric characterizations, self-reflexive dialogue, non-chronological plotting), chances are you’ll enjoy the film to some degree. If not, it’s pretty obvious you should pass on the film altogether (but, of course, the haters won’t, because they like having things to bitch about, and really enjoy being condescending towards fans of QT’s films). As it stands, I’m rather looking forward to it (more for its European character sub-plots than the Basterds, per se), but I always keep my expectations in check for any film, and this is no exception.

    Though I do wonder if Quentin is capable of considering constructive criticism about the film’s length, and if it’ll remain in the same form as it was at Cannes.

  • 2 6-26-2009 at 3:16 pm

    Deniz Cansi said...

    I love this business, and the differenties on the people in it. Some and mostly talks about sequels before the first has been released. And then we have WB and Chris Nolan who just keep us in the dark for a long time :D