Timing really is everything, and in the world of Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction, that’s especially devastating. In a conversation with Cinema Blend‘s podcast earlier this week, the outlet asked Tarantino about the rumored Pulp Fiction prequel that never came to be. Set over the course of one weekend in Amsterdam, Tarantino explained the film was to be called Double V Vega and feature Reservoir Dogs‘ Vic Vega (Michael Madsen) and Pulp Fiction‘s Vincent Vega (John Travolta). But like so many exciting ideas in Hollywood, Double V Vega nor any iteration of it ever came to be.
In their conversation, Tarantino revealed that the two main roadblocks that kept the film from coming to fruition was a mixture of concept development and timing. Set to be told years before the events of Pulp Fiction, the initial idea for the film didn’t grow into anything Tarantino wanted to run with. By the time the idea came back up again, both Madsen and Travolta had aged out of the characters they would have been reprising.
But according to Tarantino, fans of the original didn’t miss out on much. “[Vincent] was running some club for Marsellus Wallace in Amsterdam. He was there for a couple years,” Tarantino says, of the film’s concept. “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.“
Pulp Fiction was a legendary film that helped launch a whole new generation of filmmaking. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, Pulp Fiction is often counted as Tarantino’s best of his films. Though we’ll never see a prequel with a Reservoir Dogs twist, it’s hard to imagine it rivaling Tarantino’s greatest masterpiece.