Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Quentin Tarantino directs film version of The Magic Roundabout

No he doesn’t really. But an adaptation of the popular quasi-psychedelic TV show is just about the only thing that Quentin hasn’t threatened to direct over the last two decades. Never has a man been so at home to creative …

Tue, May 3, 2011, 22:22

   

No he doesn’t really. But an adaptation of the popular quasi-psychedelic TV show is just about the only thing that Quentin hasn’t threatened to direct over the last two decades. Never has a man been so at home to creative procrastination. Remember the supposed epic in Mandarin? Remember the putative James Bond film? Remember — and this one ran for ages — the proposed adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s Cuba Libre? Every month or so a new “next Tarantino film” occupies valuable space in “blogs” such as this.

Erm… Erm.. Erm.. Hang on a moment. Erm…

He’s at it again. It has been announced that Quentin’s next film is to be a variation on Sergio Corbucci’s ¬†spaghetti western Django. The great man has told how, after completing the script for Django Unchained, he invited a bunch of friends round to drink champagne and — I’m speculating here — decide to make something else instead. A science fiction film starring the surviving Rolling Stones. An adaptation of La R√®gle du Jeu featuring an entirely African-American cast. Hey, you can play this game yourself.

For the record, Django Unchained is rumoured to involve a freed slave exacting revenge on his former captors. Christoph Waltz, relaunched by Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds, is set to star as the protagonist’s sidekick. And so on.

To be fair to Quentin, while many film-goers have tired of his post-modern shenanigans, I still look forward eagerly to each new project. Which means, of course, that I’ve looked forward — and forward and forward — a great many times over the last few years. Just make it, Quentin. Just make anything.

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