Quentin Tarantino Discusses Passing On GREEN LANTERN; Getting Advice From Steven Spielberg

We've known that the director passed up the chance to direct WB's Green Lantern adaptation for a while now, but here he gives us a bit more info on why he declined. QT also reveals that he got some advice from Spielberg when his career hit a slump..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 11/16/2012
In a recent interview with Playboy, the iconic director spoke very candidly about his career so far and plans for the future. He says that after the mostly negative reaction to Grindhouse, he turned to a couple of film-maker pals for advice, and one of them was none other than Steven Spielberg. "One of the things Spielberg said that was cool was, he goes, 'Well, Quentin, you’ve been pretty lucky. You’ve had a success, to one degree or another, every time out. It’s almost like playing the game and not paying for it. All right? Today you paid for it. And it can make you a more well-rounded person, having done that," relates Tarantino. "But the other thing though is the next time you have a success it’s going to be even much more sweeter because you learned what it’s like to have the cards fall the other way. He also mentioned a few of the movies that came his way over the years that he ended up passing on - and as we already know, Warner Bros/DC Entertainment's take on Green lantern was one of them..



"They did get in touch with me in the very early, early, early, early stages of 'Green Lantern,' and a couple of other things. They’ve learned. I actually got things unmade because I showed a little interest in them, but never quite go all the way, and they don’t want to move on. I did that with 'The Man From UNCLE' every time somebody new got the rights. They’ve probably learned not to call me, they know I write my own shit."


So there you have it. Tarantino reckons he doesn't have that many more movies in him, and may stop when he reaches ten. So given what he says here, I wouldn't hold out much hope for us ever seeing his take on a comic book, or anything else penned by another hand for that matter. Still, I can't help but wonder what that Tarantino Green lantern movie would have turned out like - I'm going to go out on a limb and assume it would have been better than what we got anyway.









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Grayson7954 - 11/16/2012, 9:38 AM
tarantino on deadpool. I would see that movie. And im not even a fan of deadpool, rip off of deathstroke. and i actually tend to be more of a marvel guy.
Jollem - 11/16/2012, 9:39 AM
i remember reading a quote from tarantino in a wizard some years ago. he was asked if he would ever do a comic book movie

his response was something like, "if i ever did a superhero movie, it would be for a character i created myself. some fans think they know everything and they want to tell you how it should be, and i wouldn't want to deal with that."

the quote was something like that, anyway. it was a pretty good answer :)
superotherside - 11/16/2012, 9:42 AM
Haven't seen him do anything but I doubt he could have been worse than what we got...
Jollem - 11/16/2012, 9:46 AM
@cipher - i believe he is undumb
Jollem - 11/16/2012, 9:53 AM
i think tarantino would be well-suited for any characters that talk a lot :)
FireKnightRises - 11/16/2012, 9:56 AM
screw GL, tarantino should make deadpool
BatsFan - 11/16/2012, 10:07 AM
A spaghetti western film with Jonah Hex done by him would be amazing.
jimpinto24 - 11/16/2012, 10:07 AM
If Quentin Tarantino was the director of GL the movie would suck! Quentin Tarantino would be a better directing The Punisher or Deadpool.
DukeAcureds - 11/16/2012, 10:10 AM
"They know I write my own shit".
So let him write it.
DarKnightRises@ A Tarantino Deadpool sounds perfect, but word on the street is that the script to that flick is already sound, so ultimately that's not a good idea.
DukeAcureds - 11/16/2012, 10:11 AM
If he doesn't write and direc Heroes for Hire for Marvel/Disney then there is something seriously wrong with this universe.
StrangerX - 11/16/2012, 10:25 AM
That would have been weird
pud333 - 11/16/2012, 10:28 AM
If he directed a GL movie it would have sucked. But he didn't and we still got a crappy GL movie. At the end of the day, do we really want a PG-13 Tarantino movie? Not me.
KaneVonDoom - 11/16/2012, 10:31 AM
I'm actually quite glad that Tarantino hasn't touched a flagship CBM. He has the potential to do one great, but I just don't see that happening without it becoming just another QT flick.
NorrinRaddical - 11/16/2012, 10:32 AM
Rumor had it that way early on in his career he had a script for Silver Surfer. I don't think he would've been right for it, but I loved that it was a passion project. No one's ever read it though, and the closest we got was a cameo for eagle eyed Reservoir Dog fans.

I like that he's doing his own thing, and I personally think they're immensely entertaining

PS: I am holding out hope that our patience for a GOOD Surfer story will someday pay off...
valeriesghost - 11/16/2012, 10:37 AM
Superotherside, you should really watch any of his movies, but Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs is a must if you are a film fan :)
Foolkiller - 11/16/2012, 10:39 AM
I have to agree @KaneVonDoom. He needs something a bit more leftfield. Certainly not PG. Cloak and Dagger perhaps where there is only a small base to start with, room to fool around a bit with the characters and low-life criminal characters to give a bit of depth to. I'm just plucking Cloak and Dagger out of the air as part of the more obscure end of the MU, where there aren't that many fans to piss off, but still enough there to tell a very good story.
Preston - 11/16/2012, 10:44 AM
Quentin Tarantino has revised history with Inglorious Bastards, given us films influenced by blaxploitation, showed us the power of a woman scorned, and even shot a scene of Sin City.

Here are five Comic Properties that I can see Quentin Tarantino directing:


1). Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos
2). 100 Bullets
3). The Unknown Soldier
4). Our Army at War: Sgt. Rock
5). Dashiell Bad Horse (Scalped)

Starlight - 11/16/2012, 10:45 AM
100 Bullets is DEFINETELY a movie for QT !!!
fceeviper - 11/16/2012, 10:53 AM
I think Tarantino is overrated, but I think his GL movie would have been way better that that crap we got.
SuperPickle - 11/16/2012, 10:59 AM
Tarantino could pull of a righteous Hitman adaptation. And I mean the Garth Ennis DC Comic, not the video game franchise
Luigi - 11/16/2012, 11:00 AM
I accept that he won't direct a CBM, but if there's a Silver Surfer script by Tarantino hanging around somewhere, WHY IS NOT A MOVIE YET?
satanors - 11/16/2012, 11:01 AM
despite the disgusting first one, i really hope to see a good follow-up movie. GL has so much potential to be a great movie.
FoxForce5 - 11/16/2012, 11:08 AM
I don't think Tarantino could have done worse then what we got but I too am glad that he didn't take on what could have been a blotch on hos Filmography. That being said, I think if he were to take on an established character, I think he'd do an amazing Hellblazer (John Constantine) film, written by him and starting Tim Roth. Then, maybe, I can finally wash the taste of that horrible Keanu Reeves "Constantine" film out of my mouth!!!

Though, as Grayson7954 and DukeAcureds suggest, Deadpool and Heroes For Hire (respectively) would both be awesome as well. Still, I doubt we'll see QT on any CBM (short of maybe a guest spot in the next Sin City film) anytime soon.
FoxForce5 - 11/16/2012, 11:13 AM
@ NorrinRaddical: you're forgetting the even less known Silver Surfer reference by Tarantino in "Crimson Tide" for which, people forget, he wrote the script and there's a whole conversation about who the best artist to draw Silver Surfer was.
GodzillaKart - 11/16/2012, 11:16 AM
In my book, Tarantino's piece in Grindhouse is among the best things he has done.
StrangerX - 11/16/2012, 11:37 AM
@preston- 100 bullets is a great book, and Tarantino would be the perfect director
HachibiTheMC - 11/16/2012, 11:38 AM
"if he had done GL it would have sucked"...

Right...cuz it was OH SO fantastic as it stood.

Newsflash people: it sucked. Period. Doesn't matter who directed. The script was trash and the screenplay was rushed - at best, and the CGI was unwhelming.

Nobody could save GL once it got the (irony) green light.
DarkArts - 11/16/2012, 12:01 PM
If you take away the N-Word and profanity from Tarantino you are left with a very meager almost amateur director with absolutely no originality.
People who are suggesting him for Green Lantern or Star Wars have no idea how weak Tarantino really is.
His films are set in the real world but theyre never realistic. The characters have nice conversations then move on to cartoonish action. In some ways his films are as cartoony as Tim Burtons.

Tarantino is the film industries Rob Liefeld. He borrows what he likes from better filmmakers and calls it a homage. The problem is without the ripped elements all you get is lackluster crap with fancy dialog.

What would Tarantino be without better filmmakers to steal from?

You will never, ever see Tarantino accept a film like GL or Star wars because he knows if you strip away his N-Word and profanity and ask him to direct, he'll be exposed as a D level director at best. Nothing special without that crap or his ripped scenes.
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/16/2012, 12:24 PM
God if only he would have made Jonah Hex. That would have been something. :)
JacksonVegaIII - 11/16/2012, 12:24 PM
Tarantino is a great director, I understand that you either love him or loathe him but you cant doubt his talent for creating cool characters, making classic scenes, using idiosyncratic dialog and having an interesting and original way with film in general, I understand that of late hes become more obvious in his filmic nods to classic cinema of old but no one makes films like Quentin Tarantino. Comic book/ superhero films lend themselves very well to directors with a strong sense of style, the more superhero films made by idiosyncratic, autueristic directors the better in my book especially directors who dont mind loads and loads of the good old ultra violence. Id would love to see him create a franchise superhero story because I just know it would be fuc.k.ing insane and it would be casted brilliantly. God Bless Quentin Tarantino
ScabbyJ - 11/16/2012, 12:24 PM
Darkmetal

Everybody borrows from others, especially in film.
HachibiTheMC - 11/16/2012, 12:32 PM
I agree that Tarantino is CLEARLY not the guy for a hero flick. Anti-hero? Yeah. But anything from the Mouse Brigade probably gives dudes like Tarantino a rash.

He's definitely a genre director. And on top of that his work is pretty polarizing...either you love em or hate em...no need to tell me which camp u belong too...i can guess.

But to call him the film industries Rob Liefeld? Dude...thats just mean. I mean type in his name and before you can even get to the F in Liefeld the phrase "Rob Liefeld sucks" pops up. (no lie, just did it)

I personally like Tarantino BECAUSE he's cartoony and slightly offensive. he know's it, and doesn't give a flying fox up a running squirrels ass what you think.. He's got chutzpah... as misguided as it sometimes may be..

One thing though, he'll never try to put himself up there with the greats like Coppolla, Kubrik, Scorcese or even Kurosawa. He is humble in that ONE regard. But only that ONE. lol.

But Liefeld?! Damn. Dude is not only a hack (who cant draw hands holding objects after 20+ years in the game) but he's a hater as well (we all saw that ugly spat b/w him and Snyder)...
Minghagz - 11/16/2012, 12:34 PM
Lobo?
HachibiTheMC - 11/16/2012, 12:48 PM
@Minghagz

Yeah NOW your talking. Lobo would be right up Tarantino's alley.

Lobo or Deadpool
batesmotel - 11/16/2012, 12:51 PM
To much 70's nostalgia in his films.
121 - 11/16/2012, 12:56 PM
@darkmetal You sound like someone who hasn't even watched any Tarantino films much less give any substantiated criticism of them. Your focus on the N-word sounds like Spike Lee's baseless rant about QT back in the nineties. I LOVE Spike Lee, but the fact is, he was just 'hatin' because QT emerged as a film writer who was able to use words effectively to develop characters onscreen in a way that hadn't been done since Altman, or Mamet in the playwright category. And that's just ONE aspect of his films.

There are some legitimate reasons that Qt turns off a lot of people, but your criticisms are so shallow I don't even know where to begin.

As for comparing him to ROB LIEFELD?? DUDE, ROB LIEFELD isn't even as BAD as ROB LIEFELD. Now I KNOW you're frontin'.

Your comment is rated 'REP' for Racial Expletive, PLEASE.
LoudLon - 11/16/2012, 1:35 PM
@fettastic -- I agree. Of the two flicks which comprised Grindhouse, Planet Terror was by far the best. I was excited when QT said Death Proof was going to be his take on the slasher flick, but what he delivered instead was an excruciatingly long-winded chicks and cars flick instead with only scant traces of slasher elements. I do love Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike. A great character, but he deserves a better movie.

Planet Terror was entertaining, splattery, balls-to-the-wall fun. One of my favorite horror flicks of the '00s.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/16/2012, 1:55 PM
He would make an Amazing Deadpool film , and Grindhouse was so much fun deathproof is one of my favorite films ever
Bread - 11/16/2012, 2:01 PM
Tarantino has been my dream director for Deadpool ever since the script leaked years ago
Bread - 11/16/2012, 2:01 PM
Ooooooh the things he could do with that story....
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