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Tarantino plots further films for Kill Bill 'franchise'

Story by: Jack Foley

THE Bride may be about to complete her quest for revenge in Kill Bill: Volume 2, but director, Quentin Tarantino may not be finished with the story completely yet.

The director is reportedly planning a cartoon prequel to the two-volume revenge blockbuster, which stars Uma Thurman as a vengeful former assassin, out to kill those responsible for her wedding rehearsal massacre.

If true, the prequel will follow the early life of Bill (played by David Carradine) and the three men who helped to make him such a deadly assassin: ie, pimp, Estebian Vihaio, and martial arts masters, Hattori Hanzo and Pei Mai - all of whom feature in some way across the two movies.

The plan is to draw the movie in the Japanese anime style seen to chronicle O-Ren Ishii’s back story in Kill Bill: Volume 1, with Tarantino serving as writer and producer.

And that’s not all! In addition to the anime movie, the director has also hinted that he could return to the world of Kill Bill in 15 years' time, in order to follow the daughter of a character (Vernita Green) killed in the first film, according to a report in Screen Daily.

Both projects are a long way off, however, as next up for Tarantino is directing a segment of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's comic book, film Sin City.

In the meantime, Kill Bill: Volume 2 received its unofficial UK premiere at London’s Empire Cinema, in Leicester Square, on Monday night, at the first press showing of the sequel in this country.

The movie was to have been released in February, but was put back to April 23, amid reports of Tarantino requiring more time to get things right.

The good news is, the wait has been worth it. Volume 2 is a worthy successor to the original, which includes much more of the trademark Tarantino dialogue of earlier movies, as well as some kick-ass set pieces.

The film features more prominent roles for Carradine, Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen, as well as a brilliant cameo from Samuel L Jackson, and a richly satisfying ending - although to reveal too much more would be spoiling the fun.

Suffice to say, it’s a classic.

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