Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has saud that in order to fully realise his upcoming new film “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” he went a bit overboard in developing the backstory for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton character.
Speaking with Deadline, he reveals that he put a lot of work into developing the western series “Bounty Law” which is the show Dalton is most famous for before the events of the film. In fact, Tarantino says he wrote full episodes of the series to the point that he’s now considering doing a limited series spin-off for a streaming giant:
“Two things I had in mind that I wanted to work on (after), and I did, during that period of time. I wrote a play and I wrote five episodes of a TV series. It’s Bounty Law….I ended up starting to really like the idea of Jake Cahill, as a character. I really started loving those half hour ’50s Western scripts. The idea that you could write something like 24 minutes, where there was so much story crammed in those half hour shows, with a real beginning and a middle and an end.
Also it was kind of fun because you can’t just keep doubling down and exploring. At some point, you’ve got to wrap it up. I really liked that idea. I’ve written five different episodes for a possible Bounty Law black-and-white half hour Western show.
If he [DiCaprio] wants to do it that would be great. I’m not planning on that but I have an outline for about three other episodes. So I’ll probably write about three other episodes and then just do it. Direct every episode. They’re a half hour long. I wouldn’t mind doing it for Netflix but I’d want to shoot it on film. Showtime, HBO, Netflix, FX. But I also like the fact that I built up this mythology for Bounty Law and Jake Cahill.”
Tarantino admits if DiCaprio isn’t interested, he’s not sure what he’ll end up doing with the scripts. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opens in cinemas July 26th.