So now that’s out of the way, what is next for the cult director? "I want do a Mandarin language movie, but I’m not sure it’ll be the next movie. It’ll probably be the next movie I do after the one I do next. I’m doing Inglorious Bastards next. It’s my bunch-of-guys-on-a-mission movie. It’s my World War 2 movie."
The film will star Michael Madsen for definite, more on that later in the week, and names like Adam Sandler and Bo Svenson have been circling around the project. Tarantino told us it was too early to talk cast, but that he has some people in mind
Of films already released, at least in two halves, we quizzed Tarantino on his Cannes opus. “Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is definitely getting a wide release,” he told us, "actually, that’ll probably be the first movie that Miramax, under their new company, will be releasing theatrically. It’s the Japanese version, that’s why I call it that, you know, it should probably come out in the next few months. It’s going to be NC-17 in America. We couldn’t do that when Disney owned the place but now Disney’s the fuck outta there we can do anything we want! It’s gonna be off the hook!"
We’ve seen the Japanese cut of Kill Bill and we’ve watched them together many a time. But to see both films attached at the cinema? We’ll be there.
Tarantino’s films are renowned for not only blowing away his audience but for introducing the same to a branch of cinema most hadn’t discovered before. So what does he have to say of great movies he’s seen recently we should be keeping an eye out for? “It’s funny,” he told us, "I didn’t see many of them reflected in the Academy Awards stuff but I thought this was a great year for films. Now, I was the president of the Cannes Film Festival, so I saw a lot of really cool movies and everything, and I’ve seen some cool stuff that hasn’t been released internationally yet, but I loved this year in movies."
And, a man after our own heart, he has a great favourite, “My favourite movie this year was Shaun of the Dead,” he said, "that was my favourite script this year, that was my favourite movie this year. After that I also loved The Passion of the Christ. I loved Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. I loved The Incredibles. I loved Before Sunset, alright, there was a lot of really, really terrific movies this year. There were also I couple of movies that I thought were masterpieces that haven’t opened up yet. One’s a Korean film, Old Boy, which is magnificent. The first episode of the movie Three Extremes, the Fruit Chan segment, is magnificent. And I really loved this magnificent Russian fantasy that’s going to be the Lord of the Rings for Russia, which is called Nightwatch. So I’ve seen a lot of terrific films this year. I’m very, very proud of the films that have come out this year."
Talking of his career in general, and where he thought it was heading, Tarantino told us, “It’s not like having a different Mount Everest to climb I just have to be good enough to climb the same Mount Everest again, and again, and again. I’m kind-of making the same movie again, and again, and again. But the thing is, it’s not about looking for a different mountain, it’s just having the energy and the tenacity to just keep climbing the mountain. Again, and again, and again. And doing it with the same energy and vitality, and hopefully artistry that I’ve brought through all the other mountain’s I’ve climbed.”