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The Pulp Fiction Prequel That Could Have Been…

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Adam Chmielewski
Adam Chmielewski is the latest Mid-Western transplant to take up residence in the City Of Angels. Aside from contributing to Nerdbot, he’s writing screenplays for film and television. Just like everyone else in Los Angeles.

There’s some pretty interesting stuff happening in the background of Quentin Tarantino’s films.

I’ll take this time to clarify my use of the word “background” by letting you know that I’m not referring to what’s happening beyond the focal point of a scene. I’m talking about these little connections, or threads, linking together various elements of something I’m comfortable calling the Tarantinoverse. Yes, just like everyone from Harry Potter to Marvel, QT has a shared cinematic universe too.

Now some theories about how in Kill Bill 2 the grave they use to “store” The Bride in is actually the wife of King Schultz from Django Unchained could simply be a very good stoner rant turned popular Reddit theory. King Schultz, Paula Schultz, why the hell not? But a couple of these connections have actually been confirmed, even by Tarantino himself.

Like the one I’m about to discuss with you all right now.

QT appeared on an episode of ReelBlend (CinemaBlend’s Podcast) where he finally confirmed a piece of Tarantinoverse folklore that’s been discussed amongst fans since the angelfire days of the Internet…. the Vega Brothers. I’m of course referring to John Travolta’s character in Pulp Fiction (Vincent Vega) being the other half of the ear slicing diamond thief Vic Vega (Michael Madsen) from Reservoir Dogs. And at one point the idea of bringing these two together was very much on the table.

“The only thing I did know was the premise. I had a premise. It would’ve taken place in Amsterdam, during the time Vincent was in Amsterdam. He was running some club for Marsellus Wallace in Amsterdam, he was there for a couple years. In some point during his two years spent running that club, Vic shows up to visit him and it would’ve been their weekend. Exactly what happened to them or what trouble they got into I never took it that far,” Tarantino said during the interview.

While the development tires were never kicked on Double V Vega, knowing there’s some truth behind what I feel could have been a pretty cool movie brings a sense of closure to a rumor I heard so long ago. And there’s no way anybody is making this movie in 2019, have you seen Madsen and Travolta lately? They aged out of Double V when George W. Bush was President.

Believe me, there are a couple other loose ends in the Tarantino mythos I’d like to know more about… like what happened with Adam Sandler’s Inglorious Basterds character? Or why did Tarantino’s IMDB page list Faster Pussycat Kill Kill as an upcoming project for the last five years? How about the pointless perpetuation of a Kill Bill 3? I couldn’t think of any reason why that script should be written. Plus, I don’t think sequels are his thing.

He honestly needs to Vincent Vega this whole story and shoot it in the head.

Talking about the projects that never were is something I could do for hours. And if QT retires after his tenth film, the discussion will be even more important.

By Adam Chmielewski

@PolishKaiju

Photo Credits- Miramax

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