This Oscar season, Quentin Tarantino
has earned himself both a Best Director and Best Writer nomination for his work on "Inglourious Basterds
," which is up for a total of 8 Oscars, including Best Picture. Despite the common criticism of strong violence and language ever present in his films, each movie release seems to just solidify Tarantino's place as one of the greatest directors of all time. Following the newest wave of success of Basterds, perhaps Tarantino could try his hand at taking over already-established franchises? Here are four movies we would love to see Quentin Tarantino direct. (Spoilers ahead for a couple of extremely popular teen book series about wizards and vampires.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Though the first few Harry Potter installments are obviously aimed towards children, by the end of the series it is obvious that this isn't meant to be a bedtime story. The final book is rather adult, riddled with the horrible deaths of everyone from Harry's pet owl to the parents of a newborn child to Harry himself. The 2009 release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
was, honestly, a little disappointing. Though an excellent movie, a lot of the more violent aspects of the book seemed to be overlooked in favor of a PG rating. Why not do the books justice by showcasing all the gritty details which make the books so beloved? And in the process, they might as well bring on a director who isn't prone to holding back.
In 2008, The Wachowski Brothers' playful live-action adaptation of the 1960s Japanese anime Speed Racer sadly did not receive much praise from critics - or the box office. Though the target audience was probably families and children, the theaters were often full of young twenty-somethings excited to see their childhood love brought to the big screen (the show was in re-runs in the early '90's on MTV). Actors and producers connected to the film have expressed an interest in a sequel, though this is unlikely due to the low numbers. For those who have seen the original, it is apparent that Tarantino's work in Death Proof
would provide awesome inspiration for a much darker, more action-packed (albeit less kid-friendly) sequel to the Speed Racer where more innocent bystanders get in the way of the Mach 5.
I know, I know. Star Wars is sacred, holy, and untouchable. Well, it would have been, until the newest trilogy. In the wake of Basterds' success, why not try a new war? It would be interesting to see what Tarantino could do in a more sci-fi setting; his repertoire has yet to take on either space or the future. Judging by the incredible swordplay we've seen in the Kill Bill
series, there's no doubt that he would be able to work a lightsaber. Maybe Lucas could step back and give someone else a shot at his empire; after all, it's not likely he'd get ratings any worse than his animated The Clone Wars
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Let's face it: if you make a movie with vampires starring two disheveled teens in love, people will see it. According to Box Office Mojo, Twilight and New Moon have together grossed over a billion dollars. Paramount changed directors after the first Twilight installment, so why not get some new blood in? After all, for every Twilight fan, there's someone who is not so fond of the pale duo and the hunky third-wheel werewolf. The books, for being about fantastical murderous creatures, are pretty tame. Might as well round out the movies with a director who won't fade to black on the honeymoon scene and who will do an "Edward bites into his wife and pulls her unborn baby out before it kills her" scene justice. Not to mention now all those adoring fans will finally be able to get their boyfriends to go see the movie with them!
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Story by Amber Wojcek
Starpulse contributing writer