Ben Child – guardian.co.uk,
Inglourious Basterds director talks up a return for Uma Thurman’s sword-wielding assassin in 2014, 10 years after Kill Bill: Vol 2
Quentin Tarantino has a habit of talking up possible sequels to his own films. This week, he has been at it again, confirming on an Italian talkshow that he is planning to release Kill Bill: Vol 3 in 2014.
“The Bride will fight again,” Tarantino said on Parla con Me to loud cheers from the studio audience. Tarantino first unleashed a yellow-tracksuited, sword-wielding Uma Thurman as the assassin out to dispatch her former boss in Kill Bill: Vol 1 in 2003, followed by Vol 2 in 2004. The films, which have grossed more than $330m (£208m) worldwide, also revived the career of the late David Carradine.
“I think me and Uma needed a 10-year break,” he explained. “I love the character and I think she deserved 10 years of peace. She deserved 10 years with her child, Bibi. But after 10 years something will happen that makes her fight again.”
Tarantino has floated the possibility of a third Kill Bill film before, revolving around an attempt by the child of Vernita Green, played by Vivica A Fox, to take revenge on the Bride for killing her mother. Such a prospect was set up nicely by the Bride in Vol 1: after killing Green in front of her daughter, she tells the child: “It was not my intention to do this in front of you. For that, I’m sorry … When you grow up, if you still feel raw about it, I’ll be waiting.”
Tarantino has previously also talked about uniting the characters of Vincent and Vic Vega, played by John Travolta and Michael Madsen in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. The film was expected to be a prequel, for both siblings died in their respective movies. However, Tarantino later suggested that the film might still be made – despite the gap of more than a decade in which both actors had aged too much to play younger men. His workaround? Making each character the twin of their dead sibling. In 2007, the film-maker admitted the project, provisionally titled Double V Vega, was “kind of unlikely now”.