HOLLYWOOD – Quentin Tarantino has announced his next film will be a ‘re-imagining/rip off’ based on the popular TV show Bonanza.
Speaking last night EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec, Reservoir Dogs director Quentin Tarantino had this to say:
It is not going to be a sequel to Django Unchained and Hateful Eight. In fact, I want to get away from the whole Spaghetti Western thing. To tell you the truth, I want to go back to how I first watched Westerns, which was in front of the TV with my mom, and watching Bonanza.
The NBC show ran from 1959 to 1973 and starred Lorne Green as Ben Cartwright, a widower who lives on the Ponderosa Ranch with his sons each by a different mother, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Little Joe (Michael Landon), and was famed for its willingness to deal with social issues using the Western format. The Pulp Fiction director continued:
What appeals to me about Bonanza is that it’s actually about patriarchy and family. Everyone is vying for the approval of Ben as the father figure, but Ben is very conflicted as well. I also want to change history once more and have the Cartwright family prevent the wholesale genocide of the indigenous peoples of America. All of them. You know, the way I killed Hitler in Inglourious Basterds [Spoiler]
Although unwilling to give away casting details, Tarantino did hint that he himself might be appearing on screen as Hoss: ‘Although I’ll have to lose some pounds,’ he laughed sadly.
Bonanza is due out in 2017.