Quentin Tarantino Plans To Turn Fictional Western Bounty Law Into A Real Series
Once Upon In Time In Hollywood was, among many other things that made it a historic moment in the last decade of cinema, an exercise in meta-direction. The ultimate love note to the films and shows that inspired him most as he grew up, Tarantino leapt into the opportunity to try his hand at weaving his favourite genres into yet another epic mini-anthology of stories.
Perhaps the most memorable moment of all of this came came in the form of Bounty Law — a fictional western TV serial that Tarantino used to set the backstory for protagonist Rick Dalton, which Tarantino being Tarantino, obviously came to life on the screen in a truly mesmerising way. Even though it didn't make up a huge part of the overall package of the film, it was indulgent, nostalgic, and beautifully pulled off. And as an distilled expression of the passion and love he put into his depiction of 1960s Hollywood, it was poignant to witness.
Clearly, then, it was something that Tarantino had fun making. So much so, in fact, that the director has indicated that he'd like to bring the fictional TV show to life as a separate entity. He even went so far as to reveal to Deadline he's already written 5 episodes of the show, with Rick Dalton's character Jake Cahill as the main character.
“As far as the Bounty Law shows, I want to do that, but it will take me a year and a half,” he said. “It got an introduction from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but I don’t really consider it part of that movie even though it is. This is not about Rick Dalton playing Jake Cahill. It’s about Jake Cahill.
Tarantino even said he'd be keen to direct the project, which would mark his TV directing debut. Whether it would involve Leonardo DiCaprio, who obviously plays Rick Dalton who, in turn, plays Jake Cahill, is another matter.
"Where all this came from was, I ended up watching a bunch of Wanted, Dead or Alive, and The Rifleman, and Tales of Wells Fargo, these half-hour shows to get in the mindset of Bounty Law, the kind of show Rick was on. I’d liked them before, but I got really into them, he continued. "The concept of telling a dramatic story in half an hour."
"You watch and think, wow, there’s a helluva lot of storytelling going on in 22 minutes. I thought, I wonder if I can do that? I ended up writing five half-hour episodes. So I’ll do them, and I will direct all of them."
Just where this slots in to Tarantino's planned schedule once all is said and done on Once Upon A Time...'s awards run is anyone's guess. In the same interview, he poured cold water on the idea that he plans to direct the Star Trek film he's long talked of having penned.
"I think they might make that movie," he said, "but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it. It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut."
Tarantino has also indicated that he may be keen to revive the Kill Bill franchise, telling a reporter in December that he had dinner with Uma Thurman, star of the first two films, to discuss it. "We were at a really cool Japanese restaurant. I do have an idea of what I would do with (Kill Bill Vol. 3). That was the whole thing, conquering the concept. What has happened to The Bride since then? And what do I want to do?"