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Want to See 90 More Minutes from Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'?

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May 23, 2014
Source: USA Today

Quentin Tarantino

While we're still waiting to see when Quentin Taratino's latest western The Hateful Eight journeys to the big screen, especially after the live-reading in Los Angeles, audiences might get a chance to see more of the western he already brought to the big screen. While speaking at the Cannes Film Festival (see all of our coverage here) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction, the director revealed that he has 90 minutes worth of unseen footage from Django Unchained, and he would love to release it to the public. However, rather than bringing an extended cut to theaters or releasing it only on video, he has another idea.

Tarantino would like to air the uncut version as a miniseries according to USA Today:

I have about 90 minutes worth of material with Django. It hasn’t been seen. My idea, frankly, is to cut together a four-hour version of Django Unchained. But I wouldn’t show it like a four hour movie. I would cut it up into hour chapters. Like a four-part mini-series. And show it on cable television. Show it like an hour at a time, each chapter.

We’d use all the material I have and it wouldn’t be an endurance test. It would be a mini-series. And people love those. People roll their eyes at a four-hour movie. But a four-hour mini-series that they like, then they are dying to watch all four parts. That’s how I thought it could work.

Considering how well miniseries and limited event series are doing on televison nowadays, it's not a bad idea. A theatrical release would probably be too expensive and not turn much of a profit, and giving it a release on Blu-Ray and DVD seems a little unceremonious, but if someone out there is willing to give Tarantino free reign to show everything he has for Django Unchained, that would be awesome. If an appropriate network like HBO isn't interested, maybe Netflix would like a crack at it? It only makes sense since Django Unchained was almost considered to be split into two movies. We'll see what happens.

 

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  • Chris Amaya
    Fund it....
  • thejon93rd
    That is a brilliant idea right there. I'd love to see a mini-series, there are so many other movies that I'd love to see take this approach too. This would be historically awesome.
    • Chris Groves
      I agree. The first thing that came to my mind was 'I would watch this' and then 'Inglourious Basterds should get one, too!' I remember WAY back in the day there were talks about potentially re-working The Lord of the Rings trilogy into a mini-series event for television. That would be something truly impressive. As the quality of TV begins to rise and become more cinematic, and you have things like Marvel tying in TV shows directly into their film franchises, and concepts like this being considered...I think we might see a resurgence of old-school 'movie serials' where every few weeks, or once a month, a new chapter comes out and you go to the theater and see it. Or maybe make it a bi-monthly thing. Marvel Studios is already sort of doing things in a unique way not just by having their TV shows interlocking with their films but by having 2 films a year that progress the overall story of the universe, and they might one day up to 3 or 4 films a year. We're in a very exciting time for cinema, that is for sure.
  • Nielsen700
    Really hope this happens!
  • DAVIDPD
    PASS.
    • J Damon
      RACIST!
  • Jon Odishaw
    I could watch it as a mini series but I'm more concerned about new material from him
  • dan
    if this footage has a lot of christoph waltz doing some bounty hunting - BRING IT ON!

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