Quentin Tarantino Was So Close to Making a ‘Very Complicated’ Prequel to His Classic Movie

Legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has made nine movies so far. They each contain Tarantino’s signature style but explore various characters and narratives. Most recently, he made Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which plays with a moment in history. Actor Michael Madsen frequently collaborates with Tarantino dating back to his earliest works. Madsen recently said that the filmmaker was extremely close to making a prequel to one of his best movies.

Michael Madsen recreated a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’

Quentin Tarantino at the Rome Film Festival looking surprised
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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed the world overnight. People were quarantined in their homes, leaving the streets shockingly empty. However, other folks left their homes and sought to live their lives as if nothing had changed. As a result, Madsen took to social media to encourage them to stay home during the pandemic. The actor did it in a fun fashion.

Madsen recreated the famous ear-cutting scene from Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs with his family. “I was bored out of my mind, basically,” Madsen told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was my wife who said it would be funny to do a kooky type of Reservoir Dogs. It was very funny, I am surprised we pulled it off.” Tarantino reportedly hadn’t responded to it at the time.

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Madsen continued talking with THR about Tarantino’s work. 1994’s Pulp Fiction revived actor John Travolta’s career. The brothers both met their demise via gunfire in their own movies. There were some rumors that there would be a prequel movie including the duo, but it never came to be. However, most folks didn’t realize just how close the movie was to being made.

“We were supposed to be in Amsterdam, criminally,” Madsen said. “The picture was going to start out with the two of us being released from prison in different states. And we open up a club in Amsterdam.”

Madsen further discussed the prequel’s direction. Tarantino already had a clear idea of what to do with the movie. The concept is a bit complicated, but Madsen says that Tarantino is quite persuasive.

“He had come up with this idea that it would be the twin brothers of Vic and Vincent, who met after the deaths of their siblings,” Madsen said, chuckling. “It was very complicated, but when Quentin starts discussing an idea, it’s very easy to go along with it.”

Unfortunately, Tarantino moved on to other projects after some time had passed. Madsen and Travolta also got a bit too old to play the parts.

Michael Madsen and John Travolta later worked together


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However, Madsen and Travolta did end up working together on another project titled Trading Paint. The action drama follows race car driver Sam Munroe (Travolta) and his son. They face family and professional conflicts during a competition. Madsen and Travolta joked on set, which got some big laughs on the set.

“We had a scene where we are at a big retirement party, and I walked up to John and he goes, ‘I thought you were dead,’” Madsen recalled. “And I looked over at him and I said, ‘Well, I thought you were dead.”