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Only it will be a part of the “Grindhouse” label


Remember a few months back when Quentin Tarantino announced that he’d like to shoot an old-school Kung Fu movie, complete with Mandarin subtitles, sometime?

Well, seems that sometime will be sooner rather than later – soon in Tarantino terms usually means between two and three years – and it’ll be released under the label “Grindhouse 2”.

Good idea me thinks… because a stand-alone Tarantino feature is something he could procrastinate over for years – I mean, where’s the long-planned “Inglorious Bastards” and “The Vega Brothers”?, Yep, still just titles on a blank Final Draft document me thinks – while a “Grindhouse” sequel could be on the cards as early as next year; especially if the Weinstein’s make a pretty penny on this first instalment.

Secondly, “Grindhouse” – I haven’t seen it – is supposed to be so damn cool (and its such a great idea) that why shouldn’t he kill two birds with one stone and do his Kung-Fu tribute as part of a sequel to what could be… his coolest film ever?

Yep, before the international media have all been shown the first film – a two-part B-flick orgasm co-directed by Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez – the funky filmmaker and his Texan pal are already talking sequel. For his half of the next film, Tarantino says he’d like to the abovementioned Mandarin Kung-Fu film.

This “Grindhouse” sequel will be totally separate from the spin-off film that the guys also have planned – the one that will feature on Danny Trejo’s “Machete” character (from the faux trailer within the film).

Meantime, Variety reminds us that “Grindhouse” will be split into two separate films for non-English-speaking markets. Tarantino said he’s working on a longer version of his “Death Proof” segment that looks to be headed to the Croisette.

Given Tarantino’s Cannes history, it’s possible “Death Proof” could land a competition slot at fest’s 60th edition this year. He won Cannes’ top prize in 1994 with “Pulp Fiction.” “Reservoir Dogs” (1992) and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2″ (2004) were shown out of competition, and he served as president of the jury in 2004.

“He could do a two-hour version of it if he wanted,” said Eli Roth, who directed one of the fake trailers featured in “Grindhouse” and also played the role of libidinous cad Dov in “Death Proof.” “Monday was the first time he saw it with an audience, and it played really well, so I honestly don’t know how Quentin is going to feel.”

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