Quentin Tarantino likes comic books. Just not enough to direct a movie based on one.

According to a report at MTV News, Tarantino was offered the directing gig for the big-screen version of DC Comics' 'Green Lantern' but turned it down. Quentin Tarantino likes comic books. Just not enough to direct a movie based on one.

According to a report at MTV News, Tarantino was offered the directing gig for the big-screen version of DC Comics' 'Green Lantern' but turned it down.

"I was offered the 'Green Lantern,'" Tarantino said. "Not since it's been a script, but just like, 'Hey we own the 'Green Lantern.' Would you like it?'" Though he's a big comic book fan -- he says he relied heavily on Marvel Comics' World War II 'Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos' series of comics while working on 'Inglourious Basterds' -- he declined the offer. He figures he's at a place in his career where he no longer is open to working on an established franchise, instead preferring to explore new ideas and story lines.

For the record, 'Green Lantern' is being directed by Martin Campbell of 'Casino Royale' fame, with Ryan Reynolds taking the title role and a June 17, 2011, release date scheduled.

What's Tarantino up to next? Rumors have been circulating that he is considering a sequel to 'Basterds' or a 'Kill Bill: Vol 3,' and he may be working on 'Faster, Pussycat Kill Kill' (a reworking of the 1965 Russ Meyer cult classic about three wild girls who go on a terror rampage in the California desert).

But wouldn't it have been wonderful to see a Tarantino version of the 'Lantern'? After all, Tarantino's films all have a comic-book/pulp sensibility to them, particularly the 'Kill Bill' epics and 'From Dusk Till Dawn' (for which he wrote the screenplay). We can only imagine what a Tarantino 'Lantern' would be like: Plenty of comic book in-jokes, bloody violence, disjointed story line, text bubbles coming out of the actors' mouths, a raucous, eclectic musical score, all broken up into non-linear chapters; in other words, a cinematic smorgasbord to titillate the senses. And maybe a star with a bit more edge than Reynolds -- Johnny Depp, anyone?

What do you think?

Would you have liked a Tarantino take on 'Green Lantern'
Yes. Tarantino would have shaken up the genre.25 (46.3%)
No. I prefer the my comics played straight29 (53.7%)
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