Quentin Tarantino’s Next Movie Will Be a Western

It will not be a sequel to ‘Django Unchained’. Plus, the filmmaker sheds light on his writing process.

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, where he revealed the first details about his new project. While he wouldn't divulge anything about the story, or the title, he did say it is another Western. Though, it won't be a sequel to Django Unchained. Take a look at the video, and read on for quotes from his appearance.

"I haven't told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre. It's a western. It's not a Django (Unchained) sequel, but it's another Western, and the thing is, 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! Let me make another one now that I know what I'm doing.'"

While it may be some time before we know exactly what this project is, there is the possibility that he is adapting another Elmore Leonard novel. The filmmaker turned his novel Rum Punch into the 1997 classic Jackie Brown. The author wrote a number of Western stories during his prolific career, including 3:10 to Yuma, which was adapted for the big screen twice, along with many others.

When asked about his process of writing a script, the filmmaker had this to say.

"In the last five years, it's sort of developed into something else. Before, what I would do is, normally if I had to write during the day, I'd go to a restaurant or go to a bar and write in public, get the juices flowing that way, but then at home, I'd write all night long. That kind of changed around the time of Inglourious Basterds. I just started writing at home, like let's say 10 in the morning, and I'd write until 5 or 6 or 7, whenever the muses leave you. That would be the work that I did for that day, then afterwards, I would go into my pool. I keep my pool warm, I heat my pool a lot. I do swim in my pool, but in this case, I soak, and what I'm doing is, if I just finished a scene, then I'm thinking about how I can make it better, or what happens next. I just sit there and think about it and all these ideas come to me and I kind of work it out a little bit. Then I get out of the pool and make notes, but I don't do them. I go out or I watch TV, but that's my work for the next day."

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Sounds good, man.

    @skywise -- Exactly. QT should never retire. Might sound like a silly statement, but I'm 100% behind it. This guy's too talented to give it a rest. Hopefully, he gives himself a little over 10 years of relaxation - when he's done with all these current projects - and then gets back into the game.

    That would be more ideal.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. skywise

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Not only has QT been consistent but he seems more focused and precise than ever.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx You said it, man. Btw, I'm working on my new list of the best directors of today. I remember you wanted to revisit it at the end of this year. I'll be sure and tag you in it once it's complete.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  4. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Wow, really? The term 'busy' seems like an understatement, now.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @skywise@thedude-abides -- The fact that people think QT is overrated is borderline hilarious. This man has kept the quality of his films consistent, and continues to surprise. And in this day and age, that's close to impossible to find.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. skywise

    @thedude-abides I couldn't agree more.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. thedude-abides

    @skywise Really? QT overrated? That's almost comical to me. He's easily one of the top-10 directors in the world today, hands down. Some people...

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  8. Jose Carbajal

    Tarantino in space

    1 year agoby @Jose-Carbajal-24015475Flag

  9. skywise

    @undeadslayer4 I agree, those are two fine examples.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. skywise

    @thedude-abides I have no doubt that it would be brilliant. Many people I know tell me that Tarrantino is over rated but I think he deserves it all. He is a director and writer that really knows how to get an audience to identify with his characters.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  11. undeadslayer4

    @skywise let me in and black swan were the best ones

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  12. thedude-abides

    @skywise Agreed. It's definitely one of the hardest genres to pull off, if not the hardest. There's gotta be some sort of connection with the protagonist(s) for those kinds of films to really it home. Needless to say, I'm sure QT could pull it off.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  13. skywise

    @thedude-abides I love the home invasion movies. when they are done right they are very effective but done badly they can be pretty silly (im looking at you the Purge). I think that would be a really interesting sub genre for him to tackle particularly because, as you said, it is something that frightens him.

    I love horror movies but unlike what many believe, not just anyone can do it. A successful horror ( and I don't mean numbers ) are among the hardest to pull off. American Werewolf in London is a fantastic film and yet was directed by a man who had done mainly comedies up to that point. Part of what makes it so brilliant is that not only is it scary with a dark sense of humor, but it is also very affecting.

    If I don't care about the characters or truly believe they are terrified then the whole thing just becomes silly.

    I think the trick is getting the audience to see the characters as more than just meat for the grinder.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. thedude-abides

    @skywise Yeah, that's I meant. Death Proof was definitely more exploitation than horror, but still technically B-grade horror, like you said.

    I could definitely see him doing a gory home invasion film of some kind, similar to that of a High Tension, or a Funny Games (original), or a Straw Dogs (original), but in a way only Tarantino could do it. He's been on record many times as saying home invasion is the only thing that really scares him, so I think it would be cool to see him bring his own fears to the big screen.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  15. undeadslayer4

    @skywise in my opinion i think i had enough horror movies for a life time

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  16. skywise

    But a full blown horror movie in a more traditional sense would be soooo awesome @thedude-abides

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. skywise

    @thedude-abides Death Proof was essentially a Horror movie, albeit in the grindhouse style but its definitely listed under horror.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. skywise

    I am down with anything this man does but I was really hoping he would do the sequel or "spin off" of Inglorious Basterds he was kicking around, or like @thedude-abides mentioned the Kill Bill volume 3 episode.

    The guy is a genius though and I have only been disappointed in one movie (Death Proof) and even that wasn't too shabby. Awesome villain made it worth the price of admission IMO.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  19. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx No doubt. Supposedly, he's working on KBV3 (which I have taken the liberty of dubbing as "Kill Beatrix") and the Inglourious Basterds/Django Unchained sequel, Killer Crow. Now with news of this western, he's certainly a busy man.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  20. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Now, that'd be f*cking awesome! He really needs to make Kill Bill: Vol 3, though. Based on this rate, we won't see it until another 5+ years.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  21. K.Guy

    His reason is interesting. bring it on :)

    1 year agoby @kguyFlag

  22. ed_wood

    Best news I've heard today.

    1 year agoby @ed-woodFlag

  23. AgentBlue

    Cool I love westerns and a full on western movie directed by QT will surely make me happy.

    1 year agoby @agentblueFlag

  24. thedude-abides

    About damn time. I've always said QT needed to do a full-on western, which Danjgo really wasn't, or at least didn't feel like to me. Now if he would just tackle the horror genre, I would be one happy camper.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

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