Quentin Tarantino talks potential TV series, comic book adaptations, and his “best movie”

Quentin Tarantino has discussed the future of his career, revealing his plans for a television series and naming which comic book he’s most interested in adapting. 

Tarantino spoke on a wide range of topics as part of a New York event in promotion of his new book, Cinema Speculation. Throughout the conversation, Tarantino revealed his intentions to direct for television, specifically mentioning an eight-episode series to air sometime in 2023. It would mark his first venture to the small screen since 2005, when he directed two standalone episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 

Tarantino remained tight-lipped as to further details around the series’ plot or production. Back in February, the director was rumoured to have made his return to television when he was in talks to helm episodes of the neo-Western show, Justified. Elsewhere on the press run for his new book, Tarantino named Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as his finest achievement, saying on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show that it “is my best movie.”

Credit: Sony Pictures

That movie, which peripherally followed the murder of actress Sharon Tate in 1969, marks Tarantino’s latest film offering, released in 2019 and earning him 10 nominations at the 2020 Oscars. Meanwhile, Tarantino revealed which comic book he’d adapt into a film if given the choice, citing Marvel’s Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos as his likely candidate. The Stan Lee-created series ran from 1963 to 1981, and followed Sgt. Fury — played by Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU — during World War II. 

Tarantino’s flirt with the Marvel universe contradicts comments he made earlier this month, when he told The Los Angeles Times that he’d never direct a superhero film and “can’t wait for the day they [die out].” The director reiterated his distaste for the genre — and its representation of today’s cinema more broadly — in another interview this week, declaring that the current film era is the “worst in history.” 

Credit: Valery Hache / Getty

The comments come amid a busy press tour in support of Cinema Speculation, which has elsewhere seen him name what he believes are the seven “perfect” films, and dodge claims of Django plagiarism made by Kanye West