Quentin Tarantino: the Pawn of Corporate Linkbait

Last month, we mentioned that Variety columnist and cheif rumor monger Liz Smith was floating an idea that Quentin Tarantino was going to do a remake of Russ Meyer's classic flick "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" She even went so far as to suggest that QT was working on casting for the film as if it was a done deal:

His first casting choices are Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes and -- oh, please! -- Britney Spears. What, no Lindsay Lohan? LL loves 1960's cult-trash. She wants to re-make Ann-Margret's "Kitten With A Whip." Lindsay could become Quentin's new muse. Look what he did for Uma Thurman.
After doing some digging around, a Google search comes up with 7,660 different results for this rumor, and every one of them linked directly back to the original Variety article.

So I decided to drop a message to Quentin's agent to get the real info.

Sure enough, it's bunk.

In the one sentence reply I received from Tarantino's agent's assistant (whom I can't help but picturing looking like Lloyd from Entourage), the rumor is indeed not true.

While I am sure that Tarantino would love to do his own bloody, titalitating version of the classic sexploitation flick from the 60's, the less-than-stellar box office results for "Grindhouse" suggests that another film of its ilk would probably not be received very well by audiences. The double-short film combo of Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez cleared only $50 mil worldwide and about $36 million in DVD sales, despite distributor Dimension films effort to squeeze as much as possible from the flick by cutting it up and distributing it as two separate DVDs.

However, as fans of Tarantino know, lackluster numbers and mediocore reviews are not enough to dissuade this video store clerk turned superstar director from cranking out his own variety of weird, retro-rawnch stuff that the rest of the filmmaking nerds think is oh-so trendy and hip.

Currently, Quentin is working on an homage to Italian director Enzo Castellari's 1977 WW2 film, "Inglorius Bastards" which, according to Michael Madsen will have him, Tim Roth, and Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphey in it as well. (ED Note: Seriously? Murphey and Sandler? I have doubts about the last two, as we dont know what kind of mental state Madsen was in when he was asked the question, but whatever.)

So its time, dear readers to put this rumor to rest and say officially that Tarantino is NOT working on a remake of Faster Pussycat and there appears to be nothing even remotely in the works.

Which leads me directly to the original source of this rumor: Liz Smith at Variety.

The fact that she didnt cite any source for this information should have been the first tip-off that something was amiss. So far Smith has not replied back to our requests for further information and from the confirmation from Quentin's agents's assistant, I am left with no choice but to guess that this idea was a work of fiction from the begining designed solely to generate pageviews to Smith's articles and thus, help ensure she continues to work at Variety. In other words, Linkbait.

Has the once legendary industry rag resorted to SEO tactics in order to remain popular? Stay tuned as Var publishes a big expose next week on how to make money online through the wonders of affiliate marketing.

However by some twist of fate this information should turn out to be true: that Quentin is indeed working on a re-imagining of Russ Meyer's film, the assistant was hiding this from us and Liz was telling the truth instead of just creating worthless tabloid fodder, I reserve the right to eat my words, appologize to Smith and have my own assistant bitch slap the agent's assistant while some paparazzi idiot shoots the video.


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Anonymous said...

Too bad. I would have loved to see what he would do with this one.

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