Kill Bill 3 remains the most likely of Quentin Tarantino’s many unmade films, so here is everything the director has said about it since the release of Kill Bill: Volume 2. Tarantino made his directorial debut with the crime thriller Reservoir Dogs in 1992; but, it wasn’t until the release of Pulp Fiction the following year that he found widespread success.
Since then, Tarantino has made movies in a variety of styles, from the slasher with Death Proof to the western with Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight, and even the martial arts with Kill Bill.
After three crime films (albeit of varying tones), Tarantino branched out in 2003 with Kill Bill, a martial arts film starring Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride, who is on a mission of revenge against the team of assassins she used to work with and their leader, Bill (David Carradine).
Although the Bride’s storyline was concluded in Kill Bill 2, Tarantino has been talking about Kill Bill 3 since the film’s 2004 release. Here is everything he has said about a new Kill Bill in the past 20 years.
What Is The Fate Of Kill Bill 3 By Quentin Tarantino?
However, while Quentin Tarantino has expressed interest in making Kill Bill 3, he already has the plot idea, knows which characters he would bring back, and knows who he wants to see as the new stars of the story, the fate of Kill Bill 3 remains uncertain. Tarantino has given fans hope for a new Kill Bill movie, only to dash those hopes a few years later.
Tarantino has been evasive about whether or not he will direct Kill Bill 3, first saying in 2012 that it “probably wouldn’t happen,” and then reportedly discussing the film with Thurman in 2016. In 2019, Tarantino said he and Thurman had just talked about it, and that it will happen “at least three years from now,” with Thurman admitting that he “wrote something” about it.
Uma Thurman, on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show in 2022, delivered some disheartening news regarding Kill Bill 3. Thurman said that the upcoming Kill Bill film would not be released anytime soon despite director Quentin Tarantino’s efforts to build up excitement for it. Tarantino has said that he has an idea for Kill Bill 3, but it doesn’t look like the production on the third volume will begin anytime soon.
Thurman responded to questions regarding a possible third installment by saying, “Actually, there isn’t much I can share with you about it. That is, this topic has been debated for quite some time. A long time ago, there was serious consideration given to the possibility. As far as I can tell, that is not in the near future.” Although she added a “never say never” at the end, it seems unlikely that Kill Bill Vol. 3 will be released any time soon.
Kill Bill As It Was Supposed To Be By Quentin Tarantino
In Kill Bill, the story of the Bride could not fit into a single film, and even two initially weren’t sufficient. While filming Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2, Tarantino imagined the series would expand to four films, with the sequels being released every ten years.
Tarantino said in 2004 (through EW) after Kill Bill 2 had been released that he had originally envisioned the Kill Bill films as his “Dollars Trilogy” (a reference to Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western trilogy formed by A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly). His energy was depleted after making the first two films, and he declared that it would be “at least fifteen years” before he attempted something like it again.
The rumors about a third Kill Bill film persisted when executive producer Bennett Walsh revealed the plot for Kill Bill 3 and 4 at the Shanghai Film Festival in 2007. At the Morelia International Picture Festival, two years later, Tarantino confirmed his commitment to making Kill Bill 3, which he later revealed would be his ninth feature film overall.
Tarantino had only completed six films at the time, so it made logical to schedule Kill Bill 3 as his ninth. However, that idea was scrapped in favor of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Kill Bill 3 has yet to be made.
Is A Kill Bill 3 Film In The Works?
The moment in the first film where the Bride murders Vernita Green sets the stage for the anticipated sequel by promising a shocked young Nikki a chance at revenge in the future for the murder of her mother. Even though Tarantino has been thinking about a sequel for some time now, he has recently shown the most enthusiasm for the prospect of casting Uma and her daughter Maya Hawke in the film.
The director and his muse have patched up their differences after a vehicle accident on the set of Kill Bill, and Thurman has expressed interest in appearing in a third installment of the franchise. Thurman has stated that she has doubts as to whether or not Tarantino will ever make Kill Bill 3, given his intention to retire after completing his tenth film.
Even though Tarantino has maintained in recent interviews that his next movie would not be a sequel to any of the Kill Bill films (he considers them to be one), Kill Bill fans can rest easy knowing that their hopes have been dashed.
Then again, Tarantino will only be 59 years old when he reaches 60 in 2023, which is young compared to the likes of Martin Scorsese, and it’s not often that a man of his creative output decides to stop working altogether while he still has so much of his life ahead of him.
Even though Tarantino has claimed that he may retire soon, he finds it simpler to see himself continuing to write screenplays, his style has evolved since Kill Bill’s release, and his thinking of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood be his finest work.
While Tarantino stated on Real Time with Bill Maher in October 2022 that he planned to retire after his next picture, he left the door open for further expression of his ideas as a writer when he said that the movie-making process after authoring a screenplay is considerably more monotonous.
In conclusion, will there be a Kill Bill 3? Depending on the details, it could be interesting to have Nikki continue her search for the Bride and have Thurman collaborate with her daughter behind the camera.
Tarantino has stated that his tenth film will not be Kill Bill 3, therefore the best hope for fans is that he will still write the screenplay and allow for a fantastic director friend of his, like Robert Rodriguez, to actually shoot it.