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Quentin Tarantino ponders four-hour TV miniseries for extended cut of Django Unchained

Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino may not have a movie at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but that didn’t stop the Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained director from making news at the annual cinema event in the French Riviera. 

During a press conference honoring the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction winning the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or award, Tarantino was asked whether he’d ever consider releasing a new cut of any of his films (via Deadline). While he insisted that the theatrical versions of each of his films are the “director’s cut” of each project, he wavered on 2012’s Django Unchained, saying that he’d “consider revisiting” the film that won him a “Best Original Screenplay” Oscar.

“I have about 90 minutes of Django that hasn’t been seen so the idea is to cut together a four-hour version, but not show it like a four-hour movie,” he explained. He added that he’d like to “cut it up into one-hour chapters like a four-part miniseries and show it on cable television.”

People love those!” he laughed. “They’d be dying to watch all four episodes in one go.”

While Tarantino’s suggestion is far from official confirmation that we’ll get a four-hour Django Unchained miniseries, there is a precedent set for such things. After announcing in 2008 that he was considering the release of a four-hour version of Kill Bill that combined Kill Bill: Part 1 and Kill Bill: Part 2 with some additional animation and other edits, the finished cut — titled Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — was screened in 2011. In that case, however, the four-hour cut of Kill Bill was actually the original version of the film screened at Cannes that was subsequently cut into two parts.