The reason? Quentin reckons that the whole project was his idea in the first place, and that he suggested it to producers after the screenwriters for The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day – yes, folks, people actually spent time writing those – admitted to struggling with ideas for a new script.
Apparently the Quentster had also filed a request to direct the picture, insisting that he could "go my way and do it a little differently"- which presumably means having James Bond waffle out long monologues on comic book characters in a strange, post-modern, ‘only clever and funny about ten years ago’ sort of way.
Still. Couldn’t be worse than Kill Bill 2, could it?
Alas, it was not to be. The producers opted instead for Goldeneye director Martin Campbell for the Bond gig. Quentin Tarantino (DVDs), it transpires, is not a happy chap:
"I’m annoyed that the
James Bond producers never called me to talk about it because I can
tell you that they would not be making Casino Royale if I hadn’t talked
about it first. They should have called me. Especially since
they are taking my idea and they are taking the publicity I gave them
towards that idea. They should have at least had the courtesy to have
coffee with me."
hecklerspray would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Mr. Tarantino. We too have also tasted the horrible betrayal that rises upon having a cherished movie idea stolen from under your nose … the sobbing, sleepless nights… the helpless sense of worthlessness… the anger… the inability to ever trust your fellow man again…
Cutthroat Island was our idea. You hear that, Renny Harlin?
[story by C J Davies]
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