But first, the director has plans for a comedic Spaghetti Western
Rumours about Kill Bill 3 have been bouncing around for some time, with Quentin Tarantino himself hinting that he’d like to bring Uma Thurman back for a third instalment. Now, the director is at it once again, teasing that it could even be his next feature film.
Tarantino previously shared his thoughts on making Kill Bill a trilogy back in 2019, saying: “I’ve wondered about what happens to the Bride (Thurman), you know, ten years later, fifteen years later. What happens to her daughter.”
“Me and Uma have actually talked about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth,” he added at the time, though he then admitted: “I’m not sure if I’m going to do it.”
Later that year, however, Tarantino appeared to confirm that Kill Bill 3 is “definitely on the cards”. In 2020, Vivica A. Fox — who played the Bride’s assassin nemesis, Vernita Green — also expressed her excitement about the filmmaker’s talks with Thurman, suggesting Zendaya could play Green’s orphaned daughter, bent on revenge.
Cut to this week (October 19), when Tarantino renewed speculation that the film could be in the works at the 2021 Rome Film Festival, as he picked up a lifetime achievement award from Dario Argento. Asked what his next feature film will be, Tarantino told festivalgoers that he had “no idea”, but added, in response to speculation that it could be Kill Bill 3: “Why not?”
In any case, even if Tarantino’s next film does revisit the story of the Bride and the vengeful daughters of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, it’s not likely to arrive for some time. “First I want to make a comedy,” Tarantino told Italian state broadcaster RAI on Sunday (via Variety).
Onstage at Rome Film Festival, he elaborated on the project: “It’s not like my next movie. It’s a piece of something else that I’m thinking about doing — and I’m not going to describe what it is. But part of this thing, there is supposed to be a Spaghetti Western in it.”
“I’m looking forward to shooting that because it’s going to be really fun,” he added. “Because I want to shoot it in the Spaghetti Western style where everybody’s speaking a different language... The Mexican Bandido is an Italian, the hero is an American, the bad sheriff is a German, the Mexican saloon girl is Israeli. And everybody is speaking a different language. And you just know: OK, when he’s finished talking then I can talk.”
Tarantino has previously hinted at a future Once Upon A Time In Hollywood spin-off that would revolve around the film’s fictitious TV show Bounty Law, though it’s unclear if this is the project he was talking about in Rome. It’s also unclear whether a third Kill Bill would count as his tenth film, which he’s frequently said will be his last.