I just finished watching Badlands with Martin Sheen. Ã‚Â After seeing it I believe the original script Tarantino wrote was probably heavily based on it. Ã‚Â There are several similarities, and not necissarily are they all QT's doing.
Sheen and Sissy Spaceks characters (KIt and Bonnie)are both with southern accent (small similarity, but one none the less between TR and NBK)
Bonnie is only 15 (in NBK Mallory is underage, I believe)
KIt works low end jobs such as trash man and something with cattle - Ã‚Â Mickey was a meatman
Kit kills Bonnie's dad because he wouldn't let them see eachother - Ã‚Â Mickey does the same (though his motives were more reasonable)
Kit and Bonnie go on the run as do both Mickey and Mallory, and Clerance and Alabama
KIt is a very friendly charismatic character, as are Clerance and Mickey
Badlands is narrerated by Bonnie but is kindof more about Kit, Ã‚Â this is how True Romance is
Badlands's theme sounds extremly similar to the theme of True Romance, at times it almost sound like the same song.
Badlands like NBK is a crosscountry killing spree where (to kit only in Badlands) nothing matters but eachother, True Romance's original script probably had more things that happened on the tripl.
Now if the two are connected (it's what I believe, but maybe I'm just looking for connections) I've got a theory what the original script was probably about, based on what I've learned here.
True Romance begins close to how the movie does, when they leave Clarence starts writing NBK (or Tarantinos version of it), they have a few adventures, but the far out adventures happen in the script (i.e. Clarences head, maybe even in Alabama's head too). The script follows Clarence and Alabama as Mickey and Mallory, but only in an exagerated dramatic movie sort of way. Ã‚Â Clarence and Alabama get to L.A and the end events of TR take place. Ã‚Â As we know the original ending of TR is that Clarence dies, so in QT first script (The open Road, or whatever he called it by then) Clarence dies as well. Ã‚Â Maybe the ending of NBK (I guess it's happy right, I haven't read the script) is a holywood ending imagined by either Clarence(in death) or Alabama (in mourning). Ã‚Â I'm sure the script actually had a hell of a lot more to it, probably several pieces of PF, RD and maybe even KB (who knows), but as far as I can figure(based on what I've heard about the script) this is probably roughly what it was about. Ã‚Â If it was, it was probably a true epic(based on the size, and the ideas), which explains alot, because as we know everything he's written after PF is supposed to be of epic proportions, look at the ambition of KIll Bill. Ã‚Â Maybe he's been writing Epic movies all this time, but thought nobody would go for it so kept breaking them up. Ã‚Â I know for sure RD (which iwas originally connected to TR) was supposed to be a part of Pulp Fiction, so it could be concievable that all of these movies were one at one time.
Also the Badlands idea goes along with a theory that alot of his movies are about real characters that are trying to live in a fantasy(pop culture inspired) world.