Tarantino ‘Musing About’ Spy Series

13 08 2009

tarantinoQuentin Tarantino, mostly known for skipping and jumping between genre films, now has an itch to challenge Bond and Bourne with an action series of his own.

With Inglourious Basterds coming out next weekend and Tarantino running around the media circuit, he has suggested that he has thought about “doing is the trilogy of Len Deighton books, ‘Berlin Game’, ‘Mexico Set’, and ‘London Match.”

The book series, which first came out in 1983, starred Bernard Samson, a former field agent for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, returning from behind his desk to root out traitors and protect the country from KGB threats.

In an interview with Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Tarantino was quoted saying, “I am a huge fan of Simon Pegg. I also think Kate Winslet is the best actresses that ever lived, so I would be honoured to work with her…I am also a huge admirer of Anthony Hopkins. I would also love to work with Michael Caine. I can see them appearing in my movies.”

Caine previously performed in a film based on a Len Deighton novel, The Ipcress File, which shared many of the same themes as the Bernard Samson series.

Back in 2004, when Casino Royale was an idea rather than a smash hit, Tarantino was rumored to be the next helmer of the series, but wanted to keep Pierce Brosnan in the role, something that MGM did not want to do. It was actually Tarantino’s idea to remake Casino Royale as a serious Bond film, but seperated himself from the film after Brosnan was replaced by Daniel Craig to reboot the series.

Tarantino, in addition to talking about a Bernard Samson series, has also talked about mini-series sequel to Inglourious Basterds (a la Band of Brothers),  a remake of Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!, as well as a Vega Brothers project and an anime prequel to Kill Bill.

(Via Ireland On-line)

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