According to the Times, the potential prequel script focuses on a group of African-American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. Wouldn’t it be a bitch if Tarantino could find a way to hit with the same sort of material that was a bust for Spike Lee? Granted, that does require Basterds to make some bucks (not a given) and for Tarantino to actually follow through. Since there was a half-written script for this movie stretching back into the past decade, not to mention the other prequel/sequel ideas QT has talked up over the years, I’m not holding my breath. Yet stranger things have happened, like this movie being finished just a year after we thought it would never happen.
Read the Times piece for a couple good photos from Basterds, a bit of screen test footage from Diane Kruger, and just enough tantalizing details about how he’s made his own movie-influenced historial action picture to make you happy you didn’t actually read the leaked script.