Quentin Tarantino: New Documentary Looks Back on Legendary Career


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Quentin Tarantino has had a long, successful career in film, and now it’s set to become the subject of a new documentary. Production has reportedly just begun on 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, the authorized, feature-length film exploring the first two decades of the critically acclaimed director’s work.

According to Variety, the film will chronicle the first 21 years of Tarantino’s time in the industry, drawing upon the idea that the first two decades of work define the career of an artist. Directed by Tara Wood, it will take viewers through explorations of some of Tarantino’s most famous titles — starting with 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, followed by Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, the two Kill Bill movies, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and lastly, the highly anticipated upcoming Western flick, The Hateful Eight.

In addition to looking back on some of his biggest films, the documentary will reportedly also feature interviews with some of Tarantino’s most frequent collaborators, including actors like Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen, and Kerry Washington.

“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time. There is no shortage of stories from his collaborators about what it takes to get his visionary style to the screen,” Wood said of the project. “It has been an enlightening process both personally and professionally.”

This is the second such documentary for Wood, who will serve as a producer on 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, in addition to directing. Last year, she also co-directed the documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, which drew on the same theme.

The project is being done with full authorization and cooperation from Tarantino himself, which should help make for an authentic and accurate exploration of his work, as well as some great anecdotes of his filmmaking process. The two-time Oscar winner is known for specializing in genre-bending, non-linear films that feature profanity-filled dialogue and violent imagery.

It’s unclear when exactly the documentary will be released, as the film isn’t set up at a distributor as of now. Per Variety, it is currently being shopped around at the American Film Market.

News of the documentary comes just as Tarantino is grabbing headlines, both for The Hateful Eight and for his recent comments against police brutality at a New York City rally. His statements prompted several police unions to call for a boycott of his films, but the director has continued to hit back, most recently on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Meanwhile, fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Hateful Eight, which takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming and features a star-studded cast as bounty hunters who try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.

The Hateful Eight is to premiere on December 25. The movie will be released only in 70 mm film format on Christmas Day before its release in digital theaters on January 8, 2016.

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