Quentin Tarantino’s newest film The Hateful Eight seems to be bringing plenty of positive reviews, which is a standard expectation for the revered director. But, as usual, Quentin Tarantino is already discussing the films he wants to do next. Despite much buzz about retiring after he completes ten movies, there are still lots of movie genres Quentin Tarantino seems excited to explore, including horror films.
In an interview with Time Out, Quentin Tarantino confessed that he doesn’t feel a burning desire toward any one genre anymore. But he did list a few genres he still wants to do, such as a gangster film. While his first few movies Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown were all part of the crime genre, they weren’t technically classified as gangster films. And Tarantino seems most interested in doing a period piece set in the notorious mobster era of the 1930s.
“There is not a genre left where I have the same burning desire that I had to do a World War II movie or a martial-arts movie,” said Quentin Tarantino. “I think maybe the one genre left might be a 1930s gangster movie, that kind of John Dillinger thing.”
Perhaps as a joke, Quentin Tarantino also voiced interest in doing a more modern, laid-back film.
“I’m interested in doing something contemporary, where I can have a character who gets in a car and turns on the radio, so I can have a cool driving montage,” he said.
One genre that Quentin Tarantino has never touched is the horror genre, which is slightly surprising considering the reputation his movies have for violence. He was an executive producer for the film Hostel, which is classified in the trend of “torture porn” films, involving extended scenes of extremely graphic violence and “body horror,” but Quentin Tarantino did not write or direct it. However, given more time, the world may be exposed to the darkest parts of Tarantino’s mind.
“And if I had all the time in the world, I would love to make a really, really scary horror film, like The Exorcist.”
Quentin Tarantino. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
These are just ideas, though, and Quentin Tarantino made it clear that he may not be the right man for the job.
“But I don’t know if me taking my sense of humor and putting it in the backseat just to hit a tone of dread from beginning to end is the best use of my talents or my time,” he said.
That said, Quentin Tarantino admits that The Hateful Eight may have already fulfilled his desire to do a horror movie.
“Although a case could be made that The Hateful Eight is the closest I’ve ever come to a horror film.”
There seems to be no limit to the director’s ambitions. It’s hard to believe he’s only planning to make two more films, because Quentin Tarantino has also expressed interest in adapting a series of spy/thriller novels by Len Deighton into films, according to Metro. Even more outside Tarantino’s wheelhouse would be a science fiction or fantasy film, which he is also open to. He even claims to already have an idea for a sci-fi movie, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“If you had asked me a few years ago I would have said: ‘Nah, not really, I don’t know.’ But I have a little idea right now,” Quentin Tarantino said. “It’s a little flower, you know, like a bean sprout, but those tend to grow into stalks. So this is the first time I’ll be able to say ‘maybe.’ It won’t be a spaceship sci-fi, it’ll be Earthbound.”
Which genre would you most like to see him do?
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