Warning: This posts contains spoilers for "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained."
Rewriting history is proving to be a very lucrative and praise-winning venture for filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino's most recent cinematic efforts -- "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained" -- have toyed with the facts as historians know them. The "Pulp Fiction" director took the normally cut-and-dried historical backdrops (World War II and slavery-era United States, respectively) and flipped them on their heads with history-altering plot twists. As far as the director's movie canon is concerned, Hitler was killed in a Paris movie theatre by a group of Jewish-American guerrillas and the slave owners of the Antebellum South answered to a former slave-turned-bounty hunter named Django.
Not only did "Basterds" and "Django" seriously play up the filmmaker's penchant for revenge fantasy, but the two films also earned the controversial director critical acclaim and previously unseen levels of box office success.
"Basterds" grossed over $300 million worldwide, while "Django" has pulled in nearly $350 million worldwide since its Christmas release and nabbed numerous awards -- most recently, BAFTAs for Original Screenplay (for Tarantino) and Supporting Actor (for Christoph Waltz, who won the same award for his turn in "Inglourious Basterds").
With all that period film success, is it any wonder that Tarantino is considering yet another alternate history yarn?
After winning a BAFTA last night in London, the director told assembled journalists that he doesn't think he's finished changing history on film.
"This (rewritten history theme) begs a trilogy," Tarantino said. "It begs to have a third movie on this theme. I haven’t decided about what yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised…"
The normally talkative filmmaker offered no other clues about his next project, but he may have been referring to a half-written script that he talked up while promoting "Django Unchained." According to Tarantino, the untitled Second World War-set project would follow a group of African-American soldiers "screwed over" by the military and out for revenge. The film sounds like it would complement both "Basterds" and "Django" quite nicely as a mashup of two of Tarantino's favourite genres: blaxploitation and the man-on-a-mission movie. The only question now is what historical event will Tarantino be altering this time out?
Of course, Tarantino likely has many screenplays on the go, so he could easily be referring to some other project entirely. But given how snuggly the untitled screenplay's apparent story would fit with "Basterds" and "Django," our money is on it being the third film in Tarantino's revisionist history trilogy.