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