Quentin Tarantino wanted to direct the feature film “Hunger Games”

The Oscar-winning actor even included a nod to “Battle Royale” in “Kill Bill: Volume 1.”

“Battle Royale” with cheese?

Quentin Tarantino revealed during Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he wanted to direct the 2001 Japanese action film “Battle Royale,” which the Oscar-winning actor says directly inspired Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” series and subsequent films.

“Battle Royale,” directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on the novel by Kōshun Takami, follows a group of junior high school students who are forced to fight to the death in a dystopian world.

“I’m a big fan of the Japanese movie ‘Battle Royale’, which ‘Hunger Games’ was based on,” Tarantino explained. “Well, ‘Hunger Games’ just ripped it off. It would have been awesome to have made ‘Battle Royale’.

Tarantino included an ode to “Battle Royale” by casting “Kill Bill: Volume 1” star Chiaki Kuriyama as schoolgirl Gogo Yubari in the 2003 film. As “The Hunger Games” lands the prequel feature ” The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents,” Tarantino is considering his 10th and final film.

The author announced in 2020 that he was looking to retire as a director and end his career with 10 feature films. The “Pulp Fiction” writer-director has teased a “mic drop” movie, with ideas ranging from “Kill Bill 3” to a spaghetti western and even a horror movie.

“I feel like it’s time for the third act [of my life] lean into literature a bit more, which would be nice as a new father, as a new husband,” Tarantino said in 2020. “I wouldn’t grab my family and drag them to Germany or Sri Lanka or wherever the next story takes place. I can be a little more of a homebody and become a little more of a man of letters.

His longtime collaborator Samuel L. Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that even he had no idea what Tarantino had in store.

“I don’t know. He will tell me or he won’t tell me,” Jackson explained. “I never heard of him at all when he did the Hollywood movie. [“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”]. Usually he calls me and tells me he’s doing something and asks me how I feel about it.

In the meantime, Tarantino has a two-book deal with HarperCollins, with the Pauline Kael-inspired essay book “Cinema Speculation” due out October 25. The writer-director also co-hosts the “Video Archives” podcast with “Pulp Fiction” co-writer Roger Avary, now streaming.

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