The director told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival that he’d like to release a four-hour miniseries of his hit spaghetti Western, USA Today reports. The 2012 pic earned him an Oscar for best original screenplay.
“My idea, frankly, is to cut together a four-hour version of ‘Django Unchained,'” he said on Friday. “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.”
The exploitation comedy is 2 hours and 45 minutes long, but many scenes, including extra footage of Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), fell on the cutting room floor.
“People roll their eyes at a four-hour movie,” he said. “But a four-hour miniseries that they like, then they are dying to watch all four parts. That’s how I thought it could work.”
This could very well just be a pipe dream à la “Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair” — Tarantino’s plan to release an uncut single film combining both versions of “Kill Bill” — but it could also be the first step to setting the plan in motion.
He also has his hands full with a new draft of his Western “The Hateful Eight,” which reportedly starts filming in November.