The Times reports that Quentin Tarantino's eagerly awaited film, Kill Bill, will be released in two parts, versus one. Kill Bill's press machine has been in overdrive, ever since it was Tarantino, after a five-year break, directing Uma Thurman in China, with lots of kung fu and wire work...yeah, you know the story.
About a revenge-seeking female assassin after being in a five year coma caused by a hit on her wedding day, the first part would still be released on October 10, it's up in the air when the second part will be. Since the trailers have been saying "In 2003, Uma Thurman Will Kill Bill," we suggest it might be nice for Miramax to release part 2 in 2003. Oh, Gothamist used "nice" and Miramax in the same thought. We haven't read the script; maybe Bill comes to life again for part 2. Or maybe she starts to kill Bill at the end of part 1 and then part 2 picks up with the rest of the killing. Hey, this could work.
In the article, Harvey Weinstein reasons that "Miramax is the house Quentin Tarantino built" with the watershed Pulp Fiction, and therefore Tarantino has "carte blanche" with his projects. Carte blanche Gothamist's ass, that's pure Miramax spin. Whatever, Weinstein probably wants to seem director friendly, after not getting a Best Director Oscar this past year. To add insult to injury, there was his quote from Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst: "Tarantino is something of an innovator who takes audiences into different realms." Gothamist is reminded of a Jeffrey Wells' piece about how Dergarabedian is over-quoted, really boring and a mouthpiece for movie studios and it smakes sense: "An innovator who takes audiences into different realms" is like what Tarantino's mom probably says about him. We doubt the non-Pulp Fiction like reception for Jackie Brown, an underrated gem (and very rentable movie if there ever was one - do it), made Harvey happy. We're excited about Kill Bill, but don't even try selling Gothamist that bill of goods about directorial carte blanche Harvey. Don't even.
A lively Bluejake discussion about a few crappy Miramax releases last year: Gangs of New York and Pinocchio.