One of the coolest things going on at the Cannes Film Festival besides, you know, the movie screenings, happened to be the celebration of Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Tarantino was in Cannes holding court and one of most interesting tidbits that he let loose (aside from that he was working on a new draft of The Hateful Eight) happened to be that he’d like to make a miniseries one day out of Django Unchained. He would use the cut footage, mainly of Kerry Washington‘s character, and create a four hour miniseries that he could break up into hour long chapters. I can dig that, getting Washington’s extra material that I liked in the script to go along with what we already saw from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Christoph Waltz. I’m getting ahead of myself though. This is basically just QT thinking out loud, but I know that I’d see it, so perhaps it’s something brewing in the back of his mind. You can see more about this below, but right now take it with a grain of salt until Tarantino lets us know otherwise. Anything is possible though…
Here’s the story from Variety:
Quentin Tarantino wants to unleash about 90 minutes of unseen footage from “Django Unchained” onto your TV.
The director told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival that he’d like to release a four-hour miniseries of his hit spaghetti Western, USA Today reports. The 2012 pic earned him an Oscar for best original screenplay.
“My idea, frankly, is to cut together a four-hour version of ‘Django Unchained,’” he said on Friday. “But I wouldn’t show it like a four-hour movie. I would cut it up into hour chapters. Like a four-part miniseries. And show it on cable television. Show it like an hour at a time, each chapter.”
The exploitation comedy is 2 hours and 45 minutes long, but many scenes, including extra footage of Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), fell on the cutting room floor.
“People roll their eyes at a four-hour movie,” he said. “But a four-hour miniseries that they like, then they are dying to watch all four parts. That’s how I thought it could work.”
This could very well just be a pipe dream à la “Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair” — Tarantino’s plan to release an uncut single film combining both versions of “Kill Bill” — but it could also be the first step to setting the plan in motion.
He also has his hands full with a new draft of his Western “The Hateful Eight,” which reportedly starts filming in November.
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