'Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair' Could Hit Limited Theaters in 2015
Along with news that Quentin Tarantino is definitely preparing to shoot The Hateful Eight and might have a sci-fi project up his sleeve, there might be another treat in store for fans of the bloody brilliant filmmaker. Speaking during his Dynamite Entertainment panel at Comic-Con, hyping a Django Unchained and Zorro comic book crossover, he was asked if audiences in the United States would ever get a chance to see Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, the original longer Cannes Film Festival cut from 2003 instead of the two-volume split we got over two separate years. And the good news is Tarantino says there have been talks with The Weinstein Company to finally release it in limited theaters, maybe as early as next year. Read on!
Here's what Tarantino said, (via SlashFilm) when asked about Kill Bill:
What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop.
So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.
Now it's important to take this with a grain of salt since Tarantino has always had hopes and teases of The Whole Bloody Affair getting released in some form, but following the success of Snowpiercer, maybe they realize the value of releasing films in limited theaters and on VOD. With 30+ new minutes of footage and a rabid fanbase, surely it would be worth the cost of distribution. Technically this wouldn't be the first time the single film cut of Kill Bill would hit theaters in the US, because after playing at Cannes in 2003, eight years later it played at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles for two weeks. We certainly hope this director's cut of the film ends up in front of our eyes at some point. How about you?