Quentin Tarantino is hanging out at Cannes as part of the celebration of the 20-year anniversary of Pulp Fiction, but it’s his discussion of a more recent feature that has everyone buzzing.
The writer-director reveals he has over 90 minutes of unused footage from Django Unchained, and has plans to perhaps recut the film with the restored footage and air it as a four-hour miniseries on a cable network. That’s pretty huge news.
That being said, keep in mind that Tarantino isn’t exactly the Flash when it comes to doing these things quickly. As IndieWire points out, the filmmaker talked about the Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair for years before it happened – and even though it finally did, it’s still not available on home video or anywhere else where fans can see it easily. The same thing could happen here if history repeats itself.
When we spoke with Samuel L. Jackson around the time Django Unchained hit theaters, he mentioned those additional scenes, saying it would make it a completely different movie:
"Oh there's a ton of stuff not in the movie. If Quentin put out the five-hour, Blu-ray director's cut of this movie, it would be so different from the movie that's just there, in terms of its intensity and the horrific s**t. People hate me now, but if they saw the s**t that's not in the movie that I did... "
Jackson goes on to mention one scene involved him buring Django's nipples off with a hot poker. So... there's that to look forward to.
Still, that might be okay if it means we eventually get a chance to see an even longer and more involved cut of Django. We can’t imagine this airing anywhere other than pay network like HBO or Showtime, and you’d have to think that bosses at those channels would be very interested in scoring a Tarantino exclusive. Will it come to pass? We’ll have to wait and see – but there’s no denying that the very idea of a significantly longer cut of Django Unchained is going to get Tarantino fans frothing in anticipation.
What do you guys think? Are you down for Django?
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