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Quentin Tarantino Considers Releasing 4-Hour 'Django Unchained' As TV Miniseries

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 23, 2014 9:33 AM
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It was twenty years ago this week when "Pulp Fiction" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Palme d'Or and spawned a generation of copycat films. And to celebrate the anniversary, Tarantino is back on the Croisette where the film will have a special screening tonight, and at a press conference this morning, the talkative filmmaker revealed that he actually has a lot more from his last film, "Django Unchained," to share with the world.

According to those in attendance (see tweets below), the director revealed he has 90 minutes of deleted scenes from the western, which he wants to repackage into a four-hour version of the movie for cable TV. Are you listening, HBO? It's ambitious stuff, but before you get too excited, we'd advise a bit of patience. Why? Well, remember Tarantino's long-discussed plans for "Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair"? Well, eventually they did pan out and the extended version of the martial arts flick had some screenings a few years ago, but it's still not on home video or available in any kind of easily accessible medium. And not only that, Tarantino is a careful editor, so who knows how long it will be until he's satisfied enough to release a meatier version of "Django Unchained" out into the world.

That said, there was a lot of stuff from the "Django Unchained" script that was either deleted or unfilmed (or maybe it was?) and one has to remember, that at one time, Harvey Weinstein gave Tarantino the option to split the movie into two parts.

Meanwhile, speaking with The Telegraph, Tarantino tossed around more potential movies he might make one day. “I love London and I really want to film there,” he said. “I could do a comedy there. I'm really obsessed with 1970’s London.” Just toss that one onto the pile of Lost, Unmade And Possible Future Films.

Oh, and about that leak of "The Hateful Script"? Dude is starting to chill a bit. "I've calmed down. The knife-in-the-back wound is starting to scab," he said.

Lastly, closing out the press conference, Tarantino told a story about how he recently sat down with some friends, and they each drafted up a list of ten of the most "exciting" directors currently working today. The names that appeared on everyone's list? David Fincher and Richard Linklater.

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  • dryer | May 23, 2014 4:35 PMReply

    Outside of the controversial language and subject matter , DJANGO was the film that showed Tarantinos teenage pulp fantasys have its limits and likely his worst film to date. From the unfocused narrative along with the awkward edits to the odd musical cues, it was a half baked idea that would've certainly been his downfall if not for coming after INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. For me to test the DJANGO waters again I'd have to be experiencing a whole new film ala BLADE RUNNER:DEFINITIVE CUT., not just two minute splices.

  • Rod | May 23, 2014 12:22 PMReply

    i wasn't too keen on Django Unchained, didn't think the highs matched any of his previous films besides Death Proof, which i happened to enjoy more, and most of it simply bored me. the KKK scene was pedestrian Tarantino. i'd give a 4 part Django a view to see if it works better in mini-series format.

    however, i did enjoy reading The Hateful Eight screenplay, except the "dingus" part, which was simply stupid, and hopes he makes that one next.

  • gerardd kennellyy | May 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    Death Proof was a gem

    Jackie brown tried too hard to be cool

    kill bill was too impressed with itself

  • Davey | May 23, 2014 1:09 PM

    I have a sense (particularly based on what I heard was changed from the earlier drafts of the script) that a longer version of Django might work better, although it sounds like we take issue with it for different reasons. I enjoyed lots of things about it very much, but found it one of Tarantino's most troubling films. I'd definitely be curious to check out a longer cut, which I think could potentially actually help focus some of the narrative issues and fix some of the problems and maybe even make it feel a little shorter.

  • Franny | May 23, 2014 10:03 AMReply

    Yes, please!

  • jesse pinkman | May 23, 2014 3:57 PM

    arguably the best deleted scene was the card game where dicaprio ''wins'' kerry washington

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