Human movie library Quentin Tarantino is easy to peg. He likes over-the-top, fake-looking gore, likable bad-guys, long shooting-the-shit scenes and martial arts. One, therefore, can't be surprised at the little blip included in The Hollywood Reporter today, that says Tarantino will remake the Hong Kong martial arts movie -- Come Drink with Me. It definitely screams Quentin -- thugs kidnap a young official after their leader has been captured. Golden Swallow is sent in to free the official, who happens to be her brother, and goes against the odds and poison darts to save her sibling with the help of a kung-fu master disguised as a beggar. It sounds fun, but isn't half as surprising as the news coming out of the UK today.

While talking to The Telegraph, Tarantino discussed his post-Grindhouse plans. Of course, first he has the WWII, "men-on-a-mission" film, Inglorious Bastards. But then, well, then he wants to create a whole new drama. He wants to take aspects of the spaghetti western, place it in the deep South, and call it "a southern." While it might take a second or two to wrap your heads around the thought of Tarantino in cowboy boots and spurs while chewing on a piece of hay, it becomes even more brow-raising to read that it will be political -- "I want to explore something that really hasn't been done. I want to do movies that deal with America's horrible past with slavery and stuff, but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies." Will Tarantino become the next Lars von Trier? Somehow I doubt he'd have the same success with a barren stage.

But it seems like he isn't familiar with Von Trier, or other political filmmakers both in and outside of the U.S. -- "I want to do them like they're genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it's ashamed of it, and other countries don't really deal with because they don't feel they have the right to." It seems surprising that someone as knowledgeable about the industry would make a statement that foreign filmmakers don't feel they have the right to question American practices. I guess he needs to think that to tie into those pioneering urges, as he continues to say: "But I can deal with it all right, and I'm the guy to do it." So, there you have it. Quentin wants to take a stab at a political spaghetti western set in the South. Do you think he can do it?
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