The Weinstein Company has released the second trailer to Quentin Tarantino’s World War 2 film, Inglourious Basterds, a revenge flick with Tarantino’s unique vision written all over it. According to several sources (including Nikki Finke) if this film and Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 don’t perform well at the box-office, Harvey Weinstein’s Film Company could be headed toward bankruptcy. Basterds screened at the Canne film festival last month to more positive than negative reviews but even those who really liked it called the film more ‘talky’ than action oriented. To me that doesn’t spell Box-office dynamo.
Reports also have it that Weinstein wants to cut 40 minutes from its 2 hour and 40 minute running time in order to make the film more marketable to the vast mainstream audience. From a business standpoint I can understand his point of view but I’m sure it won’t make the core Tarantino fans very happy if he accomplishes that feat. While I’m not one who drinks the Tarantino kool-aid, I do like this trailer and look forward to seeing this film. Look for Basterds to march into theaters Aug 21, 2009. LOOK