After shifting between art house and major commercial success for nearly two decades, Quentin Tarantino hit it huge in 2008 with his World War II revenge film, "Inglourious Basterds." A critical smash, the flick took in $320 million worldwide, obliterating his previous high of $180 million for "Kill Bill: Volume I," and won Christoph Waltz an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
So in this Hollywood climate of sequels, prequels and re-dos, why not make another? According to Brad Pitt, that just may happen.
Pitt, who starred in the film as Aldo Raine, the Army First Lieutenant that leads Jewish-American soldiers on a campaign of Nazi scalp collecting (100 per soldier, to be exact), sat down with NPR to discuss his career ahead of the release of his latest film, "Moneyball." When the conversation turned to talk of a scar on his character's neck, Pitt spilled that Tarantino plans on explaining the mark -- in the future.
"[Tarantino] said it would never be explained in [Inglourious Basterds] and if he ever does what he called a prequel-slash-sequel, then we'll reveal it then," he told Fresh Air. "He talks about [a sequel], but he's got several things percolating at once."
That jives with what Tarantino said all the way back in 2009, when he told Vulture that he was already 40 pages deep into writing a sequel.
He's done sequels before; Tarantino's "Kill Bill" saga has seen two hit films already released into theaters, with a third volume set for a 2014 release. The director is currently working on "Django Unchained," the Jamie Foxx and Waltz-starring story of slave redemption.
Pitt also spoke about his personal life, including the decision to sell the first photos of his children. Back in 2008, he and Angelina Jolie sold the first pictures of twins Knox and Vivienne to Hello! and People Magazine for a reported $14 million.
"I know some of these guys who are in that 'stalkerazzi' world, and you really have to separate them from the paparazzi in our industry. That's another breed. They have their heroes who got the big, scandalous shot, which just promotes more of that," Pitt explained. "It's a very strange thing to be selling photos of something that's very intimate and personal. And those of which you want to protect. We have to plan an escape every day just to get out of the house -- kind of a Mission Impossible with decoys, and that's the life we live in, and that's the one we asked for. But we knew there was a bounty on our head ... and we know the lengths they go to to get that shot. So we figured, 'Let's cut it off in the beginning,' and instead of that money going to people I do not respect, we would make some good out of it."
The money was paid as donations to Pitt and Jolie's charitable foundation.
Pitt's fame and drew aren't waning, either; his "Moneyball" took in nearly $7 million at the box office Friday night and is on pace to open number one.
For more, click over to NPR; listen to the interview below.