Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to long movies. He's always said his scripts read more like novels, and admitted recently that most of his ideas would probably work better as a television miniseries, giving him more room to share the story he's interested in telling. This is why Kill Bill was broken up into two parts, and it's also why we almost got the same thing with Django Unchained. At the film's New York press day over the weekend, Tarantino admitted that Harvey Weinstein contemplated releasing Django in two parts because there's so much more footage than what appears in the final version arriving in theaters on Christmas Day.
On whether he'll release that extended cut, Tarantino said [via The Playlist] he'd like to, but isn't sure when. "I'm going to wait until the film goes around the world, does what it does. And then I'm going to make a decision. I make these scripts that are almost novels. If I had to do this whole thing over again I would have published this as a novel and done this after the fact. Maybe next time."
He didn't publish it as a novel, but he did create a comic book for Django Unchained that will be released in multiple parts and tell a more complete version of the movie, including scenes not in the final cut. When we spoke with Samuel L. Jackson about his role as Stephen, "the most despised Negro in cinematic history" (according to him), he claimed the extended version of Django Unchained turns it into a completely different 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 sh*t in it. People hate me now when they see me, but if they saw the sh*t that's not in the movie that I did ..." "Like what," we asked. "Well, I burned Django's nipples off with a hot poker at one point." And did he have fun shooting that scene? "F**k yeah -- I had an awesome time doing that sh*t!"
Whether we see that five-hour cut in theaters probably depends on box office, but knowing Tarantino he'll make it available at some point, even if it's just on the Blu-ray. Jackson alluded to there being a lot more torture and violence that was cut out (we believe there's a pretty intense rape scene involving Kerry Washington's character that didn't make it in), and so if this cut does hit theaters, expect that it might also come with an NC-17 rating.
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