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.
While 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.