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  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder / Flip-Flop of God: Tarantino has a habit of publicly brainstorming out loud, and will often verbally bounce around ideas about movies but then rarely, if ever, mention them again—and then only to announce it probably won't happen. It's a common practice among Tarantino fans to take every one of his proposed ideas with a grain of salt until filming actually starts. Here's a list of examples:
    • He wrote True Romance and planned on directing it, but reportedly lost interest in the project, and it was subsequently handed over to Tony Scott, who took out Tarantino's signature nonlinear structure and aversion of Gory Discretion Shots, in addition to changing the Downer Ending.
    • He mentioned his desire to make a Biopic of violent abolitionist John Brown.
    • Double V Vega, a prequel starring the Vega brothers from Reservoir Dogs (Vic Vega aka "Mr. Blonde", played by Michael Madsen) and Pulp Fiction (Vincent Vega played by John Travolta). Eventually, he just abandoned the idea when the actors got too old.
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    • Kill Bill Vol. 3, which would focus on Vernita Green's daughter being trained by a now-blind Elle Driver to get revenge on the Bride for killing her mother, which has never become anything concrete.
    • He's stated that he would like to adapt the novel Less Than Zero to film.
    • Inglourious Basterds was eventually made, but he had been talking about for over ten years in one form or another, including a miniseries, to the point where it became near-vaporware in Hollywood. He also mentioned a prequel in passing.
    • He considered splitting Django Unchained into two films like Kill Bill, but ultimately decided against it.
    • Killer Crow, a World War II Blaxploitation film about black soldiers who make "a warpath to Switzerland" after being "fucked over by the American military," would have been the third chapter of a Spiritual trilogy that began with Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds.
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    • He's also spoken about doing an "earthbound" science fiction story that "wouldn't involve spaceships."
    • After The Hateful 8 was released, Tarantino has spoken about a number of ideas for his next project, including a 1930s gangster film set in Australia, a contemporary movie with "a cool driving montage," and "a really, really scary horror film." It remains to be seen whether he'll follow through with any of them.
    • Of all things, he recently pitched an idea for a Star Trek movie with the assistance of J. J. Abrams. Given that the future of the Trek movie series is currently in turmoil, only time will tell if Trek by Tarantino ever sees the light of day.
  • Career Resurrection: Tarantino has a knack for bringing forgotten or underappreciated film genres back to attention. Certain actors whose career has been in a slump for a while have had their careers resurrected by appearing in his movies. The most spectacular example is John Travolta, who was a has-been ever since the Saturday Night Fever craze died down, but became an A-list star again after starring in Pulp Fiction. Other actors Tarantino brought back in the limelight haven't had quite the same level of career revival but still became more notable in mainstream media again include Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Harvey Keitel and Kurt Russell. Additionally, Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance in The Hateful 8 earned her her first ever Academy Award nomination, following years in which she had been acting in somewhat more low-key projects.
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  • Channel Hop: After Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault allegations had surfaced in October 2017, Tarantino jumped ship to Columbia Pictures, who distributed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
  • Creator Killer: Hasn't suffered one himself, but he famously analyzed the trope for Charlie Rose during their 1996 interview for Pulp Fiction.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Tarantino rather famously stated that he wanted to slap Oliver Stone after seeing the final product of Natural Born Killers.
  • Doing It for the Art: All of them, but Grindhouse is the biggest standout.
  • Old Shame:
    • As the filmmaker most closely associated with Harvey Weinstein, once the flood of sexual harassment and assault accusations against him broke open in 2017, Tarantino quickly tried to distance himself from him.
    • His appearance on The Howard Stern Show in 2003, during which he casually defended exiled director Roman Polanski using the "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization. It came back to haunt him in the midst of the #MeToo movement, after which he was quick to apologize for his comments.
    • His pressuring of Uma Thurman into performing a dangerous driving scene in Kill Bill that caused her to crash and sustain permanent injuries also came back to haunt him during the #MeToo movement and forced him to issue an apology.
  • Playing Against Type: Arguably Jackie Brown. Honestly, anyone used to viewing Quentin as a "gore-freak" making uber-"wild-and-crazy" flicks are in for a shock upon seeing this (relatively) slow-paced and mellow character-oriented piece. Additionally, it's the one straight adaptation of his filmography, basing itself off of the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch.
  • Production Posse:
    • From a producer-standpoint, Harvey Weinstein, until the 2017 sexual violence exposé on him totaled the Weinstein Company.
    • From an acting standpoint — Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Uma Thurman, Michael Madsen, Christoph Waltz, James Parks and Harvey Keitel, amongst others.
    • Sally Menke edited all of his movies up through Inglourious Basterds until her tragic death in 2010. His subsequent films have been edited by Fred Raskin.
    • The cinematography for all of his films since Kill Bill have been done by Robert Richardson, with the exception of Death Proof (which Quentin Tarantino did himself). Before this, Andrzej Sekula shot both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction in addition to Tarantino's segment of Four Rooms.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Quentin Tarantino was an oldschool fanboy of Blaxpoitation, Western, and Revenge Flicks. Guess what types of movies he makes now?
  • Uncredited Role: He was an uncredited script doctor for Crimson Tide.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Along with aforementioned projects he's announced and never followed through with, Tarantino was also the first choice to direct both Speed and Men in Black, but he turned both films down in order to create Pulp Fiction.
    • He famously lobbied to direct Casino Royale... since the 1990s. No less a person than Sean Connery said it would be an inspired idea.
    • Early in his career, Quentin tossed around the idea of making a superhero film about Luke Cage.


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