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Could there be a big screen future for the origins of Lieutenant Aldo Raine?

According to Quentin Tarantino, its a definite maybe. Last week he let slip to New York Mag that he's 40 pages into a prequel to 'Inglourious Basterds' which is currently up for four Golden Globes, including best film. Though Tarantino says that right now his focus is on a "smaller, less epic" project that is "in a different genre entirely", he says that sometime soon we may get to see how the Basterds got their start. Could there be a big screen future for the origins of Lieutenant Aldo Raine?

According to Quentin Tarantino, its a definite maybe. Last week he let slip to New York Mag that he's 40 pages into a prequel to 'Inglourious Basterds' which is currently up for four Golden Globes, including best film. Though Tarantino says that right now his focus is on a "smaller, less epic" project that is "in a different genre entirely", he says that sometime soon we may get to see how the Basterds got their start.

Rumors about the 'Basterds' prequel have been around since the picture screened in Cannes this past year, with both Brad Pitt and Eli Roth taking every opportunity to plug the idea. Harvey Weinstein, the film's producer, contended that "there's sh** on that cutting-room floor" for the first film that will "blow your brains out," (including a scene where Cloris Leachman gives some grim motivation to Eli Roth's Donny Donowitz), and Tarantino filmed several other scenes the first time around that he sensed might fit better in a prequel-type project.

"This and other scenes I shot, I'll put in reserve," he told New York Magazine in July. "If I were to do a prequel, I can just use that stuff, it's ready to go."

So what could we expect from a 'Basterds' prequel? Tarantino remains mum on the details. But the first film hinted at a very ass-kicking past for Til Schweiger's Nazi-killing machine Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, and there's always Aldo Raine's ascendancy to head Basterd. A prequel could also be a great opportunity to give a bigger spotlight to the bit players who didn't have time to shine in the first film. But as nice as it may be to see 'The Office''s B.J. Novak in a more formidable role, we're hoping 'Freaks and Geeks' star Samm Levine might get the chance to unleash some pent-up, post-adolescent fury as private Gerold Hirschberg.

Eli Roth has hinted at not just a prequel, but several 'Basterds' sequels on tap for the future. Its worth mentioning, though, that with every Tarantino hit comes talks of expansion that seem to lose steam. For a few years in the mid-'90s rumors swirled that Michael Madsen and John Travolta might reprise their 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction' roles for the never-made 'The Vega Brothers,' and 'Kill Bill Vol. 3' is allegedly still on its way (but only after a 10 year break).

Yes, it's possible that we might still see the early tales of the 'Basterds,' but if Tarantino stays true to history, it might be yet another best thing that never happened.

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