Quentin Tarantino Says He’d Like to Release a 4-Hour Miniseries Cut of DJANGO UNCHAINED

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When filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s period Western Django Unchained was released, it was no secret that a fair amount of the scenes from his original script ended up on the cutting room floor.  Even though the finished feature clocked in at 2 hours and 45 minutes, there were still plenty of scenes that didn’t make it in (many involving Kerry Washington’s Broomhilda), and Tarantino even went so far as to turn his lengthy original script into a graphic novel so that audiences could enjoy the full Django Unchained experience.  Though Tarantino doesn’t do “deleted scenes” or director’s cuts, it appears that the unseen footage may yet see the light of day, as the filmmaker recently revealed that he’d like to take the 90 minutes of deleted scenes and craft a 4-hour Django Unchained miniseries.  Hit the jump to read on.

django-unchained-jamie-foxx-kerry-washingtonWhile speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, Tarantino expressed his desire to use his large amount of unused Django Unchained footage to put together a miniseries adaptation of the film (via 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 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.”

This is certainly an exciting notion and one can imagine how popular the Django Unchained miniseries event could be on a network like HBO, but fans shouldn’t hold their breath just yet.  Tarantino has a bit of a habit of “thinking out loud” by discussing potential projects that largely fail to come to fruition.  There was the John Travolta/Michael Madsen team-up film The Vega Brothers that would have mixed the characters from Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, respectively.  There’s the Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair cut of Tarantino’s two-part masterwork that stiches both movies together as one big film.  And then there’s Kill Bill 3, which the director has started backing off in recent years.

While it is entirely possible that Tarantino could, in fact, put together a Django Unchained miniseries, it’s also possible that this could become the next very exciting idea from QT that never actually happens.  As a big fan of the director and his work, I’m obviously hoping that it’s the former, but it’s probably smart to keep expectations in check.

As for Tarantino’s next feature project, he’s apparently working on a new draft of the Western The Hateful Eight, which could film next winter.

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  • VicManMan

    It’s just going to be 90 extra minutes of Quentin’s horrible Australian character. I’d still watch it, though.

    • Guest

      I’m assuming it’s the stuff from the original draft of the script that was floating around about a year before the movie came out, which basically had a lot more backstory for Broomhilda and some other random scenes (I don’t remember it very well).

    • Bo

      Never thought I’d ever, ever come to Tarantino’s defense as I can’t stand the guy. However, I thought his Australian guy and that whole sequence was very funny. Especially how he set himself up and then gets shot and blown to bits. Very amusing indeed. You didn’t like that? Oh well…to each his own, eh?

      • VicManMan

        No I thought it was funny. I was just being cheeky.

    • Guest

      Read the script or the comic adaptation. There’s a lot of stuff left out. About a scene of it is indeed his Australian caricature, but comparatively, it’s not much.

  • Person

    Quentin Tarantino fans say they’d just like for him to make his next movie already. Django doesn’t need to be longer; if anything, it needed a better editor to take out about 10 minutes.

    • Sweet Pea

      True, but I’d even say take more like 30-45mins out. I did enjoy Django, but it was way too long and lost some impact by the end for me cause of that…

      • Person

        The unfortunate part is that arguably the film’s best scene (“can’t see shit outta these masks”) is completely unnecessary, and could’ve cut the runtime down by three minutes or so. I also can’t stand that QT kills the momentum of Django riding back to save Broomhilda after dispatching the Aussies by having him break into the shack from earlier in the movie to avenge D’Artagnan (I know I butchered that), a character we really didn’t know and have no investment in.

      • https://twitter.com/ciaran_3000 Aiden Rush

        the only reason that scene is in the film is because the female bandit is in The Hateful Eight. Its sole purpose was to tie in to Tarantino’s film universe

      • https://twitter.com/ciaran_3000 Aiden Rush

        the only reason that scene is in the film is because the female bandit is in The Hateful Eight. Its sole purpose was to tie in to Tarantino’s film universe

      • Sweet Pea

        Couldn’t agree more, most of the longer scenes were massively over indulgent and could’ve easily been edited more tightly with minimal impact to the narrative or flow.. I also found it comical that QT plays an Australian, a nation that is still massively racist, yet is the only white person who doesn’t use the word n*gger – yeah I’m sure those aussies back then only said “blackie” while transporting slaves..

    • the king of comedy

      I would have liked the movie much better if the third act was severily reduced, I know Django is a skilled bountyhunter but sudendly he transformed into rambo, able to kill many people without a single scratch in an open fire combat, I don`t mind the violence and I enjoy Tarantino`s style, but it was too much, and truth be told I didn`t care about Django that much as a character.

    • the king of comedy

      I would have liked the movie much better if the third act was severily reduced, I know Django is a skilled bountyhunter but sudendly he transformed into rambo, able to kill many people without a single scratch in an open fire combat, I don`t mind the violence and I enjoy Tarantino`s style, but it was too much, and truth be told I didn`t care about Django that much as a character.

  • jk

    I’d rather have the 4hour treatment of one of his other movies. This one ended poorly, in my opinion.

  • The Exploiter

    He is always talking about something he would like to do with his movies. Never does. Talk is cheap.

    • Matt1

      Yup! I’ve been waiting for him to combine the Kill Bill movies for 10 years… All talk, little action. The Mark Millar of movie directors.

      • BigJimSlade

        The Whole Bloody Affair has been around for ages. I watched it last month. Just bummed he didn’t put the deleted alleyway scene from part 2 back in.

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      Exactly. We will likely never see the miniseries cut.

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  • The Flobbit

    People love miniseries, but a 4 hour cut of Django would not be popular OR get high ratings. It’s long enough as it is – it needs the fat trimmed from it. Like this it would have so much bloat it’s looking like an obese grandfather.

    • Person

      Of all his movies, I could easily see Inglourious Basterds being a mini-series. But, as a movie, it turned out completely perfect, so I’m not complaining. Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown could’ve also made for interesting mini-series. But again, none of his movies really need it. He should just move on to new things.

  • eternalozzie

    He can release it as long as I don’t have to watch it. I don’t get why his followers worship him so much … his movies must stimulate the caveman part of the brain … lots of fake blood, rubber vampires, and women in very tight clothing. I am betting his movies stimulate Natural Light sales.

    • Person

      Not sure if you’ve seen anything of his other than From Dawn til Dusk, which he only acted in, but thanks for sharing anyway.

  • Bronson

    Just do your take on James Bond with Idris Elba. PLEASE!!!!!

  • Bronson

    Just do your take on James Bond with Idris Elba. PLEASE!!!!!

  • Jim Beach

    If nothing else he could run it on Robert Rodriguez’ actual cable channel (??) “El Rey” – which is currently running Rodriguez reimagined TV series “From Dusk Til Dawn”. Which, by the way, is surprisingly good.

    Come to think of it, Tarantino also originally wanted to do “Inglourious Basterds” as a TV show. I’d pay to watch that too.

  • Jim Beach

    If nothing else he could run it on Robert Rodriguez’ actual cable channel (??) “El Rey” – which is currently running Rodriguez reimagined TV series “From Dusk Til Dawn”. Which, by the way, is surprisingly good.

    Come to think of it, Tarantino also originally wanted to do “Inglourious Basterds” as a TV show. I’d pay to watch that too.

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  • Sam Shaw

    It’s odd coz it was a good movie, but it would have been improved by losing 20 – 30 minutes. I hope he doesn’t bother with this

  • Sam Shaw

    It’s odd coz it was a good movie, but it would have been improved by losing 20 – 30 minutes. I hope he doesn’t bother with this

  • Al

    Its also no secret that QT wasn’t happy at all with Django cut. Little hints that all add up from the press tour. Saying he would have preferred a March realize, comparing it unfavorably to Basterds, saying something to likes of ‘now that I actually know how to make a western I want to make another.’

    Trust me, I would have loved for Django to be a masterpiece, but if other QT fans can’t see that this was a step down, I’m glad the man himself noticed.

  • Al

    Its also no secret that QT wasn’t happy at all with Django cut. Little hints that all add up from the press tour. Saying he would have preferred a March realize, comparing it unfavorably to Basterds, saying something to likes of ‘now that I actually know how to make a western I want to make another.’

    Trust me, I would have loved for Django to be a masterpiece, but if other QT fans can’t see that this was a step down, I’m glad the man himself noticed.

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  • http://trololololololololololo.com/ derpatron5000

    only if the added footage is a long Rick Ross music video sequence

  • http://trololololololololololo.com/ derpatron5000

    only if the added footage is a long Rick Ross music video sequence

  • Bo

    Oh Tarantino sure does think his poop don’t stink, that’s for sure. Only problem is, is that it does…and really bad too! But who cares? I think his films are infantile at best and immature to be sure. However, I did get a giggle and more out of Django so there ya go. But another 90 minutes of it? Ha! We’ll see, but I doubt any cable station is going to make a deal with him…no money in it for them. Move on QT…or not…I read his Hateful Eight script and got more than a few laughs out of that experience to. Of course, I’ve loved the Western genre my whole life so maybe that’s got something to do with it! QT sure is grandiose though…mentioning 70mm all thru the 8 script when most of it unfolds in doors. Ya gotta love the guy!

  • BigJimSlade

    Great idea. I hope he makes it happen.

    Seems like there was some more story to be told. More Don Johnson and Bruce Dern would be awesome. Some more stuff with Django learning how to shoot would be nice, too.

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  • http://www.discogs.com/ AdamShitwood

    Yeah, We believe you Quentin.

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