Quentin Tarantino preps 'Bastards'

The Weinstein Co. will co-finance the film

Quentin Tarantino is once more going into battle with the Weinstein Co. as he readies his new screenplay "Inglorious Bastards" for an October shoot.

The writer-director, who has enjoyed a long association with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, is reteaming with them for his long-gestating World War II action tale about a "Dirty Dozen"-like group of soldiers behind enemy lines. The Weinstein Co. will co-finance the film, distribute it domestically and oversee production and worldwide marketing.

Since the production will film in Europe and is looking toward an accelerated production schedule so that it can be finished in time to submit to May's Festival de Cannes, the Weinsteins are looking to join forces with a major studio to come aboard to co-finance in exchange for foreign rights.

No cast is yet in place, though Brad Pitt's name has surfaced.

Lawrence Bender, Tarantino's producer since the days of "Reservoir Dogs," will produce, with Erica Steinberg, who had producing roles on the "Kill Bill" movies and "Grindhouse," serving as exec producer.

Repped by WMA, Tarantino acquired the title and remake rights to Enzo Castellari's 1978 film of the same name, but his screenplay is said to be an original.