Based on the western novel 40 Lashes Less One by Elmore Leonard, Miramax (now QT) owned the rights to the film and it was rumored since Quentin Tarantino is a big Leonard fan and his film studio owns the rights, that this would get made. The film is about two men facing death in a Yuma prison, one of them black and the other an Apache halfbreed. They are given a chance for freedom if they can hunt down and retrieve five of the most dangerous outlaws of the west. It was rumored to star Samuel L. Jackson and possibly Adam Sandler or Bruce Willis. The film was also possibly to be inspired by Papillion.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Bono and Tarantino have a few good words for Johnny Cash: "Despite his battle with the ravaging neurological disorder Shy-Drager syndrome, Johnny Cash is nearing completion of what has been a dream project - three anthologies of his music, centered on the themes of "Love", "God" and "Murder". Each disc will come with an essay. And how about this? Cash had U2's Bono pen the "God" intro, and murder-minded moviemaker Quentin Tarantino provide the "Murder" piece."
It talks about Bono's part, and then:
"Tarantino, also a longtime Cash devotee, found time to pen "Murder" in the midst of completing three script deals and - very secretively, it seems - directing his first feature since Jackie Brown. His essay parallels Cash's downtrodden gunmen and today's gansta-rap scene."
What could the film be? My best guess would be 40 Lashes (based on Elmore Leonard's Forty Lashes Less One), which was rumored to be Tarantino's next project, until the WWII film news. The Internet Movie Database still lists 40 Lashes, with a release date of 2000. As for the 3 screenplays, maybe 40 Lashes, the WWII film, and an unknown one.
It seems very strange that Quentin would have directed (and written?) a film without ANYONE hearing ANYTHING about it. This, and the three screenplays, would definitely explain why we haven't seen anything since Jackie Brown. Until it's confirmed, though, I'm just going to be taking these as rumors, especially the secret film.
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