Acclaimed movie director Quentin Tarantino wants to make a Western TV series.
Here’s what we know. Tarantino has been doing publicity for his latest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which opens July 26. Among its stars is Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays an actor who is best known for starring in a TV western called “Bounty Law.”
Toward the end of a lengthy interview with Deadline, Mike Fleming Jr., the publication’s co-editor-in-chief for film, asks what other projects Tarantino is working on. Tarantino replies, “I wrote five episodes of a TV series. It’s ‘Bounty Law.’”
Deadline: Wait, the fictional ’50s TV series we glimpse, that starred Rick Dalton, DiCaprio’s character?
Tarantino: From watching the different old Western shows and everything, I did it to get in the head of ‘Bounty Law.’ I ended up starting to really like the idea of Jake Cahill as a character. I really started loving those half-hour ’50s Western scripts. The idea that you could write something like 24 minutes, where there was so much story crammed in those half-hour shows, with a real beginning and a middle and an end. Also it was kind of fun because you can’t just keep doubling down and exploring. At some point, you’ve got to wrap it up. I really liked that idea. I’ve written five different episodes for a possible ‘Bounty Law’ black-and-white half-hour Western show.
Deadline: What will you do with that?
Tarantino: I can’t imagine Leonardo is going to want to do it. Cast somebody else? If he wants to do it that would be great. I’m not planning on that but I have an outline for about three other episodes. So I’ll probably write about three other episodes and then just do it. Direct every episode. They’re a half-hour long. I wouldn’t mind doing it for Netflix but I’d want to shoot it on film. Showtime, HBO, Netflix, FX …