First Quentin Tarantino revised history by having a group of Jewish soldiers take down Hitler and friends in “Inglourious Basterds.” Then he had an ex-slave get revenge on a plantation owner in the pre-Civil War era in “Django Unchained.” Now what if his next film is a mix of those two–black soldiers in WW II fighting back against mistreatment?
In an interview with The Root, Tarantino explains:
“My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f—ed over by the American military and kind of go apeshit,” Tarantino explains. “They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an ‘Apache resistance’ — [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland.”
So that was always going to be part of it. And I was going to do it as a miniseries, and that was going to be one of the big storylines. When I decided to try to turn it into a movie, that was a section I had to take out to help tame my material. I have most of that written. It’s ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it…That would be the third of the trilogy. It would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called Killer Crow or something like that.
Tarantino said that the movie would be set in 1944, after the Normandy invasion. (By the way, the rest of the interview is worth a read.)
Could it happen? Well, “Django Unchained” is off to a hot enough start that studio execs will be happy to let Tarantino make whatever movie he wants. Now it’s just up to him to turn that half into a whole.