Director Quentin Tarantino is deep into the final stretch on his latest creation, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
However, that isn’t all he has been working on. He recently created a four-episode extended cut of The Hateful Eight for Netflix. This version breaks up the film into a mini-series format of four episodes of around 50 minutes each and includes over 25 minutes of new footage back into the movie. This is said to make sequences play very differently.
Many thought this was just Netflix, however, it turns out filmmaker curated and oversaw the cut himself after Netflix pitched the idea to him.
Speaking with Slashfilm, Tarantino says:
“About a year after [the film] released, maybe a little less, me and my editor, Fred Raskin, we got together and then we worked real hard. We edited the film down into 50-minute bits, and we very easily got four episodes out of it. We didn’t re-edit the whole thing from scratch, but we did a whole lot of re-editing, and it plays differently.
Some sequences are more similar than others compared to the film, but it has a different feeling. It has a different feeling that I actually really like a lot. And there was a literary aspect to the film anyway, so it definitely has this ‘chapters unfolding’ quality.”
They asked the question we all wanted to ask: “What about Kill Bill?”
In the process of answering he revealed a new cut of Django Unchained is on the way, but that will remain a film rather than become a mini-series:
“In the case of Kill Bill the Whole Bloody Affair, Kill Bill is the one movie I’ve made where everything I shot is in the movie, because we had two movies. But for instance, take Django [Unchained], I’ve actually cut a director’s cut of Django. That’s about like three hours and 15 minutes, or three hours and 20 minutes, something like that.
That’s one I wouldn’t do as a miniseries, because it would just be better [as a movie]. I thought about that idea, but that would just work better as one movie. Just a longer one as far as I was concerned. So I’ve actually done that. We’re just kind of waiting some time after Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and we’ll release that eventually.”
Finally, he talked about Star Trek, where it had been widely assumed his pitch was dead and Paramount seem unsure of where to take the franchise next.
Tarantino said he’s been busy making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood but once he’s finished:
“we’ll pick up talking about it again”.
He also added that not only have they talked about a story and a script, but a complete script has been written.
This backs up earlier comments from Karl Urban, who plays Bones in the latest movies. See what he had to say here.