Quentin Tarantino is the kind of guy who knows that as film directors get older, they tend to lose their talents. With a self imposed retirement cap of 10 films, The Hateful Eight leaves the director at two films until his curtain call. Lucky for us, he has three concepts he's itching to tackle in the next ten years.
While Tarantino doesn't have any genre pictures burning a hole in his pocket anymore, NME picked up on the following three pitches working their way through his labyrinthine mind:
I think maybe the one genre left might be a 1930s gangster movie, that kind of John Dillinger thing. I’m also interested in doing something contemporary, where I can have a character who gets in a car, turns on the radio so I can have a cool driving montage. And if I had all the time in the world, I would love to make a really, really scary horror film, like The Exorcist.
Now those first two concepts are square within the Quentin Tarantino wheelhouse, as gangsters and driving are two of the passions that he's made work for him within his films. The former idea sounds like it would be an absolute pleasure to see Tarantino tackle, as the words would fly faster than the bullets, and the period surroundings would only amplify the madness. We could easily see Samuel L. Jackson and Channing Tatum, both of whom co-starred in The Hateful Eight, somehow being a part of this film. And while we're at it, we'll wait with our fingers crossed for a lavish return of Uma Thurman to seal the deal. As for that driving montage, we've seen something similar to that in Death Proof, so we'd really need to hear more about what that story truly entails before getting on board.
In all honesty, the one concept of the lot that has us really amped is the one inspired by The Exorcist. Knowing that Quentin Tarantino wants to not only scare audiences, but also do so by preying upon their fears slowly and deliberately, has our minds racing. As if burying The Bride alive in Kill Bill Vol. 2 wasn't enough of a horror sequence already, adding the supernatural to the Tarantinoverse would be something altogether new and exciting. While there's a good chance the typical humor and dialogue of a Tarantino film would be dialed down, so as to enhance the scares, we're sure they'll be one or two extra effective moments of pure monologue gold included to bolster the exposition.
We're not looking forward to the eventual retirement of Quentin Tarantino, but at least with his intent to be working at least for the next decade or so, we're glad he's working on at least three ideas that could yield high quality entertainment. Though if he also changes his mind, and decides to pull a Kevin Smith by staying in the film game for longer as planned, then we can't blame him for that decision either.
The Hateful Eight is currently in theaters now.