Quentin Tarantino Wanted An All-Black Cast For His ‘Reservoir Dogs’ Remake; Could End Up Becoming A Stage Play Instead

Not too long ago, Quentin Tarantino revealed that one of the early ideas he was considering for his tenth and final film was a remake of his 1992 hit film Reservoir Dogs, but he abandoned the idea and promised that it wouldn’t end up doing it as he decided against it but mulled over turning it into a novel

However, while speaking with CinemaBlend’s Reel Blend Podcast (via The Playlist) the filmmaker dished that the crux of the remake was having a fresh perspective by having an all-black cast and added that he might consider doing it as a stage play instead. 

“I didn’t get that far in it, but I’ve decided that if I wanted to do something like that I would do it more onstage. I think that would be cool, but my thought process was, well, if it’s a strong piece of material, it would work doing it any time, it does seem timeless, and with a new group of actors, it would have a new life and it would have a new life because of the fact that I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing when I did Reservoir Dogs, and now I know what I’m doing a little bit more so that could be interesting. I won’t have the youthful exuberance that I had, but we’ll see how much that accounts for anything,” Tarantino said of remaking the film because of his years of experience being applied to that original idea. 

The filmmaker continued revealing that he wanted to cast black actors, “At the time, I was considering doing it as a movie, making it as an all-Black cast, that would have been my twist on it as far as making it a different movie. Nah, I don’t think I took it that far,” he said when asked about a potential cast for the remake. “I think part of the idea to open up would be just to see who responded to it and figure it out that way.”

Tarantino’s stage play idea isn’t a new thing as when his Hateful Eight script leaked online he cancelled the film, only to do a play version that eventually inspired him to return to the feature film incarnation after having a bunch of much fun dong it live with an audience.

Considering that he didn’t get that far with coming up with ideas for the new cast. I figured I’d come up with my dream cast after re-watching the film and trying to figure out, who would likely work for the characters and also be people that Tarantino would want to work with given their body of work. 

  • Don Cheadle – Mr. White
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Mr. Orange
  • Jamie Foxx – Mr. Blonde
  • Brian Tyree Henry – Mr. Pink
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Joe Cabot
  • Craig Robinson – Nice Guy Eddie
  • Jonathan Majors – Mr. Brown
  • Laurence Fishburne – Mr. Blue
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Officer Marvin Nash
  • Walton Goggins – Detective Holdaway

I’d also like to see a setting and era switch-up, possibly seeing this crew stealing from Al Capone during the height of the gangster’s empire of crime in Chicago in the 1920s (the 1970s could work too). That would allow Tarantino to make his large scale gangster film just like his directing heroes Brian De Palma (The Untouchables) and Sergio Leone (Once Upon A Time In America).


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