by Jamilah King of Colorlines
It’s no surprise that director Quentin Tarantino’s slavery themed revenge film “Django Unchained” is doing well at the box office. In an interview with The Root, the director reveals his plans for a new film about a regiment of black WWII soldiers seeking vengeance after being wronged by their commanding officers.
“My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f*ked over by the American military and kind of go apesht. They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an ‘Apache resistance’ — [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland.”
According to Tarantino, the script is “ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it.”
“Django Unchained” has sparked controversy about Tarantino’s portrayal of slavery, and the director has long faced criticism over his character’s use of the n-word. Spike Lee, a well-known critic of Tarantino’s work, recently called Tarantino’s work “disrespectful.” Lee also wrote on Twitter, ” American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.”