Tarantino Wants to Turn ‘Django Unchained’ Into a 4-Hour Miniseries

By May 23, 2014
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The Cannes Film Festival is happening right now in the south of France, and Quentin Tarantino is on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal film Pulp Fiction, which won the coveted Palme d’Or back in 1994. In a press conference, he revealed some interesting information about his 2012 western Django Unchained: namely, he has enough unused material to re-edit the entire thing as a four hour miniseries.

USA Today has the quotes from this morning’s press conference, in which Tarantino revealed his plan:

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 miniseries. 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.

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He has a point. The miniseries game is huge right now, with things like “Fargo” and “True Detective” captivating audiences and projects like J.K. Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy,” HBO’s “Criminal Justice,” History’s “Texas Rising,” David Mamet’s “7 Deadly Sins,” and tons more on the horizon.

I was (and remain) a huge fan of Tarantino’s hyper-violent revisionist western, and since he doesn’t really do director’s cuts, a four hour Django Unchained miniseries might be the only way we get to see all the footage QT shot for that film. But on the other hand, Django’s two hour and forty-five minute runtime did drag a little bit, and maybe the scenes that were cut were excised because they weren’t quite up to par with the rest of the movie. Tarantino is nothing if not self-indulgent, so this may just be him talking again, and he loves to talk up projects that never happen (Kill Bill Vol. 3, the Vega Brothers movie, and loads more).

And speaking of projects that may never happen, he offered a quick update on The Hateful Eight, his abandoned screenplay that he ended up reviving for a special Live Read performance last month.

We’ll see — I’m still writing the script right now. I have calmed down a bit. The knife-in-the-back wound is starting to scab. Maybe I’ll shoot it, publish it, do it on the stage — maybe I’ll do all three.

So not exactly a rock solid confirmation, but it seems that the project will live on in some form or another in the near future.

I’ll throw it to you guys in the comments now: would you watch a four hour Django Unchained miniseries?

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