It’s fair to say that Quentin Tarantino has pretty much conquered the world of cinema over the past 20 odd years. With cinematic treats like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained under his belt, fans are crying out for the filmmaker to turn his considerable talents to the small screen.
Since 2000, the man himself has floated around the possibility of adapting Elmore Leonard’s Forty Lashes Less One and, now, with The Hateful Eight completed and ready to storm into cinemas, finally coming to television might have shot to the top of his to-do list. Recently, there have been further rumblings that the Inglourious Basterds maestro might be finally ready to make it.
Speaking with Premiere Magazine, Tarantino said: It always takes me a while before thinking about the future. That said, I own the rights to this book (I’ve) wanted to adapt for a while, and the time may have come for me to tackle (it). This is Forty Lashes Less One, (written by) Elmore Leonard…which could be my third western. (I’m) considering (taking the) project to TV, in the form of a mini-series of four or six hours.
A glance at the plot description for Forty Lashes Less One reveals that the subject matter’s entirely within Tarantino’s wheelhouse: there’s violence, there’s racial tension, there’s bad motherf@#$ers on a mission to hunt down a quintet of even badder motherfuckers. And it’s a western, which is something we know Tarantino’s been very interested in lately. It’s also Elmore Leonard, an author Tarantino has adapted with great success (some would say career-best success) in the past.
The prospect of Tarantino doing TV is a particularly enticing one, especially if it was a miniseries partnered with HBO or Netflix.
All of that sounds very good, but the really intriguing element here is the idea of Tarantino taking his next project to television. Imagine a four-to-six hour Tarantino joint airing on HBO or Netflix. Also, the fact that it would be his third western would complete an unofficial trilogy to add to Django and The Hateful Eight.
It’s all very far from actually being a thing, of course, but even the fact that he’s addressing the possibility of adapting this fine piece of Elmore Leonard writing is extremely exciting indeed. What do you guys think of it?