Why Quentin Tarantino and the Wu-Tang Clan teamed up. The ''Pulp Fiction'' director enlisted the help of rappers and rockers for his new flick

By Evan Serpick
Updated September 24, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
RZA, Quentin Tarantino
Credit: RZA and Quentin Tarantino Illustration by John Cuneo

Quentin Tarantino is, well, obsessive. So when he sought a musician to produce the music for ”Kill Bill,” his forthcoming martial-arts flick, only a fellow fanatic would do. ”The Wu Tang Clan, their whole thing is kung fu,” says the director. ”I had [Clan mastermind/producer] RZA over to hang out. We watched kung fu movies in my screening room and came up with ideas.” The multitalented rapper, who produced the critically acclaimed score for Jim Jarmusch’s 2000 neo-samurai film, ”Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” was happy to help a fellow connoisseur: ”We started talking about kung fu, and every movie I named, Quentin knew what it was and what was going on in it. I was like, ‘Wow, I kinda met my match.”’ The Wu Tang man is already working on ”stabs,” or mini-themes, which were used in old kung fu movies to indicate a scene change. While RZA will produce, Tarantino has asked Metallica’s Lars Ulrich to help compose the score. Hey, if the two get along, maybe RZA can fill Metallica’s long-vacant bassist slot.