‘Vega Brothers’ Rumors Reemerge

LOS ANGELES ( – Back in 2002, stories broke that Quentin Tarantino had plans to make a film prequel on the criminally minded Vega brothers — Michael Madsen’s Vic of “Reservoir Dogs” and John Travolta’s Vincent — that would be titled “The Vega Brothers.”
Yet, nothing ever happened. Then, at last year’s San Diego Comic Con, Tarantino himself quashed the rumors saying, “I might write it still, but I’m not sure if I can do it as a movie anymore. I think the time might’ve passed it by, and Michael and John would be too old for their parts. I mean, it’s supposed to be a prequel and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was over 10 years ago already.”
But it looks like the film may happen after all. During interviews for “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” Madsen revealed that after Tarantino quashed the idea, “he went off to Mexico for a couple of days and, I’m not sure what he did down there, but when he came back” Tarantino had figured out a solution to the age problem.
“I was in a hotel in San Diego and he called me on the phone and said, ‘I think I figured out how to make the “Vega Brothers.”‘ And I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, listen to this …’ and he pretty much told me the plot of the film in about 20 minutes,” Madsen says. “I couldn’t repeat it to you because it’s really confusing but it did make sense, but only he could tell it in a way that made sense. If I tried to tell you, everybody would be very confused.”
“So, he’s going to do it and he has the idea and the idea works very well. I think it’s just going to be a matter of getting the screenplay finished and actually getting out to shoot it because I think we’re going to do this World War II thing first,” adds Madsen, referring to “Inglorious Bastards,” in which Madsen will also appear.
If Tarantino ever does get the script done, John Travolta says he’s also ready to jump on board.
“I heard it though a journalist that said Michael Madsen had said something about it. But that’s up to Quentin. I don’t question him. I wouldn’t even ask him,” Tarantino says during interviews for “The Punisher.” “Someone said I had to vie to be in one of [Tarantino’s] films [now] and I said ‘I didn’t the first time, why would I have to that this time?’ He’ll let me know.”