American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is considered by many to be one of the top living directorial talents in the world. Starting his career with cult classics like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Tarantino has maintained his artistic momentum until his latest 2019 project Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
For a long time, Tarantino has stated that he will only have ten entries in his filmography and will retire after his tenth project, which will be his last. He explained that he wanted to quit while he was at the top of his game, “I know film history and from here on [out], directors do not get better.”
There have been a lot of rumours about what his final project is going to be, with some fans referring to his interview with Charlie Rose where he said: “There is one story that I could be interested in, but it would probably be one of the last movies I [ever make] … My favourite hero in American history is John Brown.”
Although the filmmaker hasn’t made up his mind yet, he did claim that he felt that this was the point in his career where doing a film adaptation of a good book made sense: “Now would be the time in the career where I would do that good book, just because it would make a good movie.”
In a recent episode of the The Big Ticket podcast, Tarantino explained how he would adapt David Morrell’s famous 1972 novel First Blood which spawned the entire Rambo franchise: “When David O. Russell talked about doing The Fighter, he was over himself and over being the auteur. He just wanted to make a good movie that people are going to enjoy.”
Adding, “There was something really refreshing about him saying that, and that perspective. If I just wanted to make a good movie, that I knew would be good, I would take David Morrell’s novel for First Blood and do the novel. Not the movie that was made out of First Blood. I would do the novel.”
While discussing the potential project, Tarantino also furnished fascinating details about his personal preferences for the casting selection: “Kurt Russell would play the sheriff, and [Adam Driver] would play Rambo. Every time I read it, the dialogue is so fantastic in the David Morrell novel that you’re reading it out loud.”