The Weinstein Company and Universal are nearing a deal to partner on the release of Quentin Tarantino's World War II drama Inglorious Bastards.

Sources stressed the deal points had not been concluded at time of writing, however it is understood TWC would handle the North American release and Universal would oversee the international roll-out through UPI.

Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein met with five US majors last week on the director's Dirty Dozen-style tale of condemned US soldiers given a chance of redemption on a suicide mission in France.

Tarantino has reportedly met with Brad Pitt to play a leading role and is preparing an autumn shoot in Germany and France in time for a Cannes 2009 slot.