Tarantino Recuts Flop for Euro Release

'Grindhouse' is now violent, chatty chick flick 'Death Proof'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2007 6:30 AM CDT
Tarantino Recuts Flop for Euro Release
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino arrives in a mall to deliver his lecture Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 in suburban Quezon City north of Manila. Tarantino received the Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony in the 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)   (Associated Press)

Quentin Tarantino has taken the first flop of his career, the violent schlock-fest Grindhouse, and shaved it down to a lean slasher-film with a lot of girl talk and car chases tossed in. Death Proof,  the story of a Texas DJ  and her posse, has done well in France, recently opened in Germany, and comes to Britain Sept. 21, the Telegraph reports.

Box office has been good enough that Tarantino hopes to bring the film into the black. But in a long chatty interview he laments that Grindhouse, his double bill with his pal Robert Rodriguez, was too expensive and too self-indulgent: "And part of that was my fault. I got too precious, I got too into the characters." (More Quentin Tarantino stories.)

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