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The Second Coming

From ''Kill Bill'' to kids: A Q&A with Quentin -- As the quieter, almost romantic ''Vol. 2'' hits theaters, is the auteur getting mellower with age?

Quentin Tarantino | GROOMING THE BRIDE ''I killed myself to put her in a good place at the end of this long journey,'' Tarantino says of his ''Kill…
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GROOMING THE BRIDE ''I killed myself to put her in a good place at the end of this long journey,'' Tarantino says of his ''Kill Bill'' heroine

Quentin Tarantino is on a high: The second volume of the punk auteur's ''Kill Bill'' is set to open April 16, and so far there's no pesky negativity from critics and fans to taint his enthusiasm. ''Vol. 2'' is a quieter film than ''Vol. 1,'' in which Uma Thurman, the Bride who was shot at the altar, dispatched dozens of unlucky samurai types who happened to get in the path of her lightning-sharp sword. Oh, she's still out for blood in ''Vol. 2,'' but this film's the most unlikely of revenge movies: a character-driven and visually sophisticated ode to one angry mother. Entertainment Weekly sat down with the 41-year-old director to talk about the movie, his filmmaking process, and his future.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let's start with ''Kill Bill 2.'' Turns out it's a love story. Who knew? And I'm not just talking about Bill and the Bride.
QUENTIN TARANTINO I love the Bride. I love her, all right? I want her to be happy. I don't want to come up with screwed-up scenarios that she has to fight the whole rest of her life. I killed myself to put her in a good place at the end of this long journey.

Somehow I don't think we've seen the last of her. Have you thought about a ''Kill Bill -- Vol. 3''?
Oh yeah, initially I was thinking this would be my ''Dollars'' trilogy. I was going to do a new one every 10 years. But I need at least 15 years before I do this again. Uma won't be the star, though she'll be in it. The star will be Vernita Green's [Vivica A. Fox's] daughter, Nikki [Ambrosia Kelley]. I've already got the whole mythology: Sofie Fatale [Julie Dreyfus] will get all of Bill's money. She'll raise Nikki, who'll take on the Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as the Bride deserved hers. I might even shoot a couple of scenes for it now so I can get the actresses while they're this age. It's exciting to know that somewhere there's a little girl who'll grow up to be my leading lady.

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