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Will Pulp Fiction 2 Ever Happen?

Pulp Fiction remains a cornerstone in the realm of cinema. It popularized the rise of independent films in the 1990s, established Quentin Tarantino as a respected auteur, and forever gave film school students a poster they could hang on their dorm room walls. 

With its non-linear plot structure, catchy dialogue, and one iconic scene after the next, the movie struck a chord with audiences and is still watched, enjoyed, and studied to this day. Its interweaving narrative following various criminals going about their day in Los Angeles not only caught the attention of audiences, grossing $107 million when it first came out (via Box Office Mojo), but also that of critics and insiders, going on to earn nominations at the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. 

Quentin Tarantino may not necessarily be known for doing sequels. He's only done one over the course of his career, Kill Bill Vol. 2, and he's even gone on record as saying he considers the two Kill Bill films as a single story. If he were to ever go through with a proper sequel, then it would certainly seem like Pulp Fiction would be the most likely candidate. However, don't go expecting to see a follow-up any time soon, as Tarantino has revealed that the one story he did have in mind probably isn't going to come to fruition. 

Quentin Tarantino had a Pulp Fiction prequel in mind that would've brought together Vincent and Vic Vega

Among the best-known theories about the films of Quentin Tarantino is the idea that they all take place in the same universe, or that some of them are movies within the worlds of his other movies. For example, you have Larry Dimmick a.k.a. Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) in Reservoir Dogs being related in some manner to Jimmy Dimmick (Tarantino) in Pulp Fiction. Meanwhile, Kill Bill and Death Proof are the kind of films characters in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs would go to the theater to watch. 

The ties between all of Tarantino's movies tend to be fairly subtle — you really need to watch out for Easter eggs and character names to figure out who's connected to who. But back in the '90s, Tarantino had a plan to make the connections in his universe all the more explicit. When the director went on the Cinema Blend podcast, he revealed that he had an idea to do a prequel to Pulp Fiction, with the tentative title Double V Vega, that would've focused on Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Reservoir Dogs' Vic Vega (Michael Madsen) hanging out in Amsterdam. "[Vincent] was running some club for Marsellus Wallace in Amsterdam, he was there for a couple years," Tarantino explained. "In some point during his two years spent running that club, Vic shows up to visit him and it would've been their weekend. Exactly what happened to them or what trouble they got into I never took it that far."

Honestly, it probably wouldn't matter to cinephiles what the plot would be. An entire movie of Vincent and Vic having interesting conversations would be worth the price of admission alone. Plus, it would've given us a chance to see more of Vic's sweet dance moves. Alas, any chance of either a prequel or sequel to Pulp Fiction seems dead in the water.

Double V Vega is just one of many Tarantino projects that never got off the ground

As a creative, it's natural Tarantino would have a bunch of ideas while only having a few he actually brings to life. Pulp Fiction 2 may be off the table, but that's just one of the many projects he didn't follow through on for one reason or another. The only one we may still end up seeing is Kill Bill Vol. 3which sounds like it would involve Nikki (Ambrosia Kelley) seeking vengeance on the Bride (Uma Thurman) for killing her mother all those years ago. 

He's also discussed ideas for a spin-off of Inglourious Basterds, as well as an adaptation of the Marvel character Luke Cage. There's also apparently an R-rated Star Trek film Tarantino's been wanting to make, but considering all of the other Star Trek options on the table, don't hold your breath.

While he has a lot of ideas, he needs to make his tenth film to really matter. He's frequently said that he's retiring after directing ten films, and right now he has nine to his name (with the two Kill Bill movies counting as a single entry). He could naturally come out of retirement whenever he felt like it, but so far, he's been pretty committed to the idea of calling it quits after ten. As of right now, he hasn't come out and said what his final movie would be, but whatever it is, it has the legacy of Pulp Fiction to live up to.