As Quentin Tarantino slowly reveals new information about his highly anticipated project, writer and director Paul Schrader has revealed new details about The Movie Critic, which he says will be the master filmmaker’s last film.
“He asked my permission”
The Oscar-winning director’s 10th film is expected to be set in the 70s and revolve around a pornographic film critic inspired by the Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver.
Production was reported to start in the fall of 2023, but that date was postponed due to strikes in Hollywood.
Schrader, the screenwriter of Taxi Driver, gave new details about The Movie Critic in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde.
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The Oscar-nominated filmmaker said that Tarantino had asked his permission to direct part of one of his old films. Stating that Tarantino will restore the ending of the film, which was rewritten during production, Schrader said, “Quentin will add quotes from 1970s films.”
He’s also going to make his own versions of movies from that period. He asked my permission to shoot the ending of John Flynn’s Rolling Thunder as I wrote it in the first script, before I completely rewrote it.
William Devane starred in Rolling Thunder, written by Paul Schrader and directed by John Flynn. The action thriller revenge movie was released in 1977, the same year The Movie Critic was set.
Tarantino has done it before
If Schrader’s information is correct, this won’t be the first time Tarantino has recreated classics for a period piece.
The 60-year-old Tarantino, in his latest project, Once Upon a Time… Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, he added Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, to the Steve McQueen classic The Great Escape.
Set in 1969, the film also featured archival footage from various Sharon Tate productions.
Speculation does not end
The cast of The Movie Critic has not yet been announced, but various rumors are circulating. Famous actor Kurt Russell responded to the rumors that he would be in The Movie Critic in the past weeks.
In a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Russell addressed the rumors about The Movie Critic and revealed that he doesn’t yet know if he will star in Tarantino’s next film.
He’s gonna look like Travis Bickle.
Because the film was rumored to be about Pauline Kael, one of the most influential film critics of all time, many thought it would star a woman in the lead role. However, Tarantino shot down these rumors and said that his protagonist would be more like Travis Bickle, the anti-hero from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.
Tarantino spoke to the Hollywood Reporter while in pre-production on The Movie Critic. Tarantino, who plans to start shooting in the fall of 2023, announced that he will return to California, where he shot Reservoir Dogs.