A potential Kill Bill 3 is something that creator Quentin Tarantino has been talking about on and off since the second installment of the martial arts film series hit theaters 17 years ago.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in April 2004, Tarantino said he needed “at least fifteen years” before he would work on a third Kill Bill movie. “I’ve already got the whole mythology,” Tarantino said at the time. “Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) will get all of Bill’s (David Carradine) money. She’ll raise Nikki (Ambrosia Kelley), who’ll take on The Bride (Uma Thurman). Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as The Bride deserved hers.”
Five years later, Tarantino said at the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival that he’s still committed to making a third Kill Bill film, noting that he wanted 10 years to pass after the Bride’s last conflict to give her and her daughter, B.B., a period of peace. Tarantino even stated later that year that Kill Bill 3 would be his ninth film and would be released in 2014.
Apparently, that didn’t happen, as Tarantino’s ninth film happened to be Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was released in 2019. Despite missing his initial schedule for Kill Bill 3, Tarantino is far from giving up on the project.
During his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast last June, Tarantino said that the prospect of getting Thurman back for Kill Bill 3 along with her real-life daughter Maya Hawke is one of the things that makes him want to do the sequel.
“I think it’s just revisiting the characters, 20 years later, just imagining the Bride and her daughter B.B. having 20 years of peace,” Tarantino said of what fans can expect from a potential Kill Bill 3. “And then that peace is shattered. The Bride and B.B. are on the run. The idea of being able to cast Uma and her daughter Maya would be f–king exciting.”
In a recent interview with The Guardian for the upcoming season 4 of Netflix’s Stranger Things, Hawke was asked about the rumors of her joining her own mom in the potential Kill Bill 3. “There are always rumors about that,” Hawke said. “Quentin is on his own darn schedule. He’ll do what he wants when he damn well wants. But I’ve known him my whole life and if he ever wanted to work with me again, of course, I would love to.”
While Kill Bill 3 is technically not set in stone yet, it’s clear that it’s one of the movies Tarantino wants to create before he retires.