Quentin Tarantino Reportedly Had A Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dogs Crossover Film Planned
A little-known fact familiar only to passionate fans of the Tarantino movie-verse (if you can call it that) is that there's slightly more crossover to his collective works than his decades-long practice of capturing his foot fetish on film would have you believe. And while you can group together the likes of Kill Bill, Death Note and Once Upon a Time through his seemingly endless obsession for exposed toes, there are actually a number of plot links, some confirmed and some still simply the result of years of fan speculation, that make his filmography more of a collective work than a number of scattershot movie ideas like it appears to be on the service.
The folks at Screenrant have actually done the digging in this great article, explaining that Tarantino's collective movies reside in not one, but two shared universes, something Tarantino himself confirmed back in 2016. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight, in fact, all share the same storytelling space, using the alternative histories told in those films to inform the environments of those set in more modern times. But none of these films have ever been expressly crossed over or joined together in more ways than the inclusion of a few easter eggs.
For decades, this subtle approach was simply thought to be the way that Tarantino intended it. But a new interview with Michael Madsen, who portrayed Vic Vega/Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs, has revealed that Tarantino's two earliest and most iconic crime works were supposed to form a cohesive unit in a third film.
If the name Vega sounds familiar, it's because Vincent Vega is the more widely-known identity of the gangster portrayed by John Travolta. In the shared universe, the two are brothers, even though there's very little in either film's narrative to link the two. However a planned film was supposed to bring the two together for another round of criminal hijinks.
"We were supposed to be in Amsterdam, criminally," the actor said, speaking about the scrapped project. "The picture was going to start out with the two of us being released from prison in different states. And we open up a club in Amsterdam." However he then said that the idea was shelved mostly due to the passage of time, with both Madsen and Travolta ageing out of their roles, and Tarantino too busy on other projects.
Madsen also said that Tarantino once floated the idea of using Madsen and Travolta to portray the twins of Vic and Vincent. This isn't actually a new concept in the Quentin-verse, as Tarantino originally planned to cast Madsen in Pulp Fiction, portraying Vincent as Mr. Blonde's twin anyway. Madsen simply chose to play another part instead.
"He had come up with this idea that it would be the twin brothers of Vic and Vincent, who met after the deaths of their siblings. It was very complicated, but when Quentin starts discussing an idea, it’s very easy to go along with it," Madsen said.
Still, the idea of a crime caper starring the two ageing gangsters sounds okay to us. Make it happen, Quentin, just not before Kill Bill 3, of course.