Quentin Tarantino is easily my favorite filmmaker working today. I have yet to find a film he's made "bad," or "mediocre," or even "good." He's consistently empowering when he sits down to write a script and when he translates that script onto the big screen. The biggest fun recently was "Django Unchained," and the most fun of that film was Tarantino making a western. If you've ever seen Tarantino in casual interviews, its clear that the western genre was the genre that inspires Tarantino the most. Take another look at all of the films in his filmography, each movie, in one way or the other, is inspired by the western. Tarantino soaks up westerns like Judd Apatow soaks up comedy. Even though "Django Unchained" was released last year, it seems Tarantino might saddle back out West sometime soon.
Quentin Tarantino was recently on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," drinking moonshine during a nice interview. Tarantino also dropped a bit of news on his purposed next film. He said that he's nearly finished with the script for his next film and that his next film is...you guessed it...a western!
I am both intrigued and drawn to this news, but I do have some hesitations. First of all, Tarantino has a ton of ideas. And in between his films he lets his brain run wild. Tarantino has expressed many ideas and only one out of every four ideas actually happens onscreen. Tarantino has promised a sequel for each of his films, he's proposed a kung-fu film in Mandarin Chinese, he's proposed a 1970's spy film, he's proposed a 1930's gangster film, even a film about black soldiers in WWII to rebel against their superiors. Its clear Tarantino has tons of ideas and its sad we will never have enough time to see all of those ideas.
Second of all, look at that list of ideas again. The most fun of sitting down to a Tarantino movie is watching him play with genres. Yes, "Resevoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," and "Jackie Brown" are all crime movies, but "Death Proof" is a roadie horror movie, "Kill Bill" is a samurai action movie, "Inglorious Basterds," is WWII film, he's uses what has inspired him over the year toward his advantage. I'd much rather see Tarantino tackle that 1970's spy movie over another western, but that's just me. "Django Unchained" was a great western, even "Inglorious Basterds" was a war film with western themes in them. Why not try something different QT?
No matter what though, whatever Quentin Tarantino has in store for us, we will love it.