Just earlier this week, I was thinking that we hadn’t heard much from Quentin Tarantino recently. It has been almost a year since the release of his last film, Django Unchained, and it struck me as a bit odd that we haven’t heard any news on what his next project might be.
The director broke that silence last night on NBC’s The Tonight Show while pimping the release of the graphic novel adaptation of Django Unchained. He revealed that the film he is currently writing will be another western. The video of the reveal is below, but here is the text of what he said –
I can’t talk that much about it, but I will say one thing. I haven’t told anyone about this publicly, but I will say the genre. It’s a western. It’s not a Django sequel, but it’s another Western. I had so much fun doing Django and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like “OK, now let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.”
Previously, Tarantino has mentioned other projects he had been entertaining doing, such as the story of abolitionist John Brown or a sequel to his Inglorious Basterds which follows a group of black soldiers in World War Two called Killer Crow. However, this sounds more in line with a vague idea he mentioned of a western set in Australia.
Also in the interview, Tarantino touched on how his writing process has changed over the years.
It’s funny, in the last, like, five years, it’s kind of developed into something else. Before, what I would do is, normally if I had to write during the day I’d go out to a restaurant or to a bar, kinda write out in public and get the juices flowing that way. But at home I’d write at home all night long. That kind of changed around the time of Inglourious Basterds.
I started writing at home, starting at around ten in the morning, something like that, and I’d write until five or six or seven, whenever the muses leave you. That would be the work that I did for that day. Then afterwards, I’d go into my pool, and I keep my pool warm. You can take drugs, or you heat your pool — I heat my pool. I kinda soak, I do swim, I do laps, but in this case it’s more soaking. And so what I’m doing is, if I’ve just finished a scene, then I’m thinking about how I can make it better. Or if I’ve finished it, and it’s on to the next thing, then it’s on to what happens next. And I sit there and I think about it, and all these ideas come to me, dialogue, and I kinda work it out a little bit. Then I get out of the pool, and I make notes. But then I don’t do them. The next day, that’s my work.
I am intrigues by what Tarantino says about now knowing what he is doing in regards to making westerns. We’ll be following this one closely.