It’s been a pretty open secret that most of Quentin Tarantino’s films at least share a little bit of DNA with each other. It’s always been hinted at by the director and he’s pointed out specific connections — like Tim Roth’s The Hateful Eight character having a relation to another Tarantino creation from Inglourious Basterds — throughout his many films. We could pick out a few small bits, like Red Apple Cigarettes, but that’s child’s play. Kevin Smith did the same with his View Askewniverse and Tarantino is going to be crazier than that.
So thankfully, the director has finally come out to confirm that all of films take place in one universe. The Tarantino difference is that there are two different universes for the characters in his numerous films. He explained as much in an interview with The Project on Australia’s Ten network:
“There is actually two separate universes,” he explained. “There is the realer than real universe, alright, and all the characters inhabit that one. But then there’s this movie universe. So From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe. So when all the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go to see. From Dusk Till Dawn is what they see.”
So yes, that would put Reservoir Dogs and True Romance in the same universe and those characters are enjoying films like Grindhouse or From Dusk Till Dawn 2. At least one would assume those count. Sam Jackson and Kurt Russell were both on hand during the interview and Jackson confirmed that it’s all “deeper than you think.”
And sure, it makes a little sense. There are already plenty of very real connections between the films, like Lee Donowitz from True Romance being the son of Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds or Vincent Vega and Vic Vega being brothers who were set to have a film based on their adventures. Something we might not get to see since Tarantino is apparently retiring after 10 films (lies).