Now that Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is out and Vol. 2 is in the can, Hollywood attention has turned to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's next project. After waiting six years between Jackie Brown and Kill Bill — and considering the critical reception over Kill Bill — who can blame him for making his next decision deliberately?
At least two of Tarantino's former stars, Bruce Willis and John Travolta, are quietly hoping Tarantino's name will pop up soon on their caller IDs. In separate interviews earlier this year, both Pulp Fiction veterans said it would be Kool & the Gang to work with the maverick writer/director again.
Willis, who was a star at the time Tarantino cast him in the 1994 film, said he wasn't consciously looking to work with the "next great director." Rather, once he read Tarantino's script, he knew he was someone he could work with over and over.
Travolta, whose star was fading when Tarantino asked him to do Pulp, said he'd do anything the director ever asked of him. He even hints that Tarantino's next project might include him.
"Quentin beats his own drum, so it's difficult to predict what you're going to do with him," Travolta says. "And he luxuriates between films! But he tells me to keep working, and he'll pick me at his pacing. It's Uma's turn now with Kill Bill. Then supposedly it's me."