Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Universal nabs "Basterds"

According to Variety, Universal Pictures will team with The Weinstein Co. to co-finance Quentin Tarantino's next film, the WWII epic Inglorious Basterds.

This is quite the coup, as the script is rumoured to be brilliant, if unconventional. Tarantino was shopping the script at five major studios, and seems to have settled on Universal. The writer/director has been talking about the script since the mid 90's, and it's been set to be his "next" project since Jackie Brown. How long does it take to strip-mine exploitation flicks and foreign films for plot and style elements anyway?

This time out, even the title comes from another film. Now in re-release is 1978's Inglorious Bastards, starring a bunch of actors that Tarantino would probably cast in an ironic "comeback" capacity.

All kidding aside, even if Tarantino does mine other sources for his films, the result is always totally unique and refreshing, so I'm excited to see this flick in a couple of years. Will he land Brad Pitt for the lead?

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