Quentin Tarantino has decided that the best way to “Kill Bill” is by splitting him in half.
Tarantino and Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein have mutually agreed to release the energetic filmmaker’s labored-over action drama in two parts. Boasting a robust 200-page script, “Kill Bill” is the first project Tarantino has written and directed since 1997’s “Jackie Brown.” It’s the story of an assassin who wakes up from a coma after surviving a hit on her wedding day that claimed her friends, family and the man she loved.
Miramax plans to release the first part of “Kill Bill” on October 10, with the second part coming sometime in the next two to six months. The movie stars Uma Thurman as the vengeance-bound, samurai sword-wielding bride in yellow jumpsuit. David Carradine, star of TV’s “Kung Fu,” plays her doomed former boss. Tarantino spent 150 days filming the “Kill Bill,” which proved to be a physically demanding project for Thurman.
“I never, ever saw myself as even having an auxiliary part in an action movie,” Thurman said earlier this year (see “Quentin Tarantino Makes Uma Thurman Dress Like Bruce Lee” ). “Now I’m there punching and kicking and fighting, day in and day out. So it’s kind of a career anomaly.”
Thurman appeared in the chatterbox director’s well- received gangster chic “Pulp Fiction” alongside Samuel L. Jackson, who reportedly has a cameo in “Kill Bill” as the wedding scene’s piano player.
“Kill Bill” takes place in China, Japan, Mexico and California, as Thurman’s character systematically kills off Bill’s crew while making her way to the man himself. The nod to Tarantino’s Hong Kong influences will get scoring assistance from Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA, another well-known Asian cinemaphile (see “Metallica’s Ulrich Asked To Work With RZA On Tarantino Score” ).
In addition to Thurman and Carradine, “Kill Bill” also stars Lucy Liu (“Charlie’s Angels”), Daryl Hannah (“Splash”), Michael Jai White (“Spawn”), Vivica A. Fox (“Independence Day”) and Michael Madsen, who played Mr. Blonde in Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.”