Director's dreams often pounded into pulp fiction

Following the success of “Inglourious Basterds,” Quentin Tarantino announced this month his plans to revisit the “Kill Bill” franchise in 2014, after giving Uma Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo and her daughter 10 years to grow. That may well happen, but it could just as easily join the scrap heap of colorful projects Tarantino has announced and discarded over the years.

The two-part “Kill Bill” itself was at one point supposed to have two more parts — one centering around a revenge bid from two of the Crazy 88 assassins Thurman had crippled, the other a battle between Thurman’s daughter and that of slain nemesis Vivica A. Fox.

Tarantino has also tried to extend others of his films before. At one point, “The Vega Brothers” was going to follow up “Pulp Fiction,” but Tarantino reasonably concluded that since both characters were dead, it might be hard.

Tarantino also tried to convince the Broccolis to let him helm the last of the Pierce Brosnan 007 films, but that franchise was denied him, as was a proposed “Friday the 13th” reboot.

Other adaptations that have fallen through include a Modesty Blaise movie, with a Neil Gaiman treatment based on the action comicstrip, and two Elmore Leonard adaptations (Western “40 Lashes Less One,” crime novel “Killshot”).

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