It was twenty years ago this week when “Pulp Fiction” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Palme d’Or and spawned a generation of copycat films. And to celebrate the anniversary, Tarantino is back on the Croisette where the film will have a special screening tonight, and at a press conference this morning, the talkative filmmaker revealed that he actually has a lot more from his last film, “Django Unchained,” to share with the world.
According to those in attendance (see tweets below), the director revealed he has 90 minutes of deleted scenes from the western, which he wants to repackage into a four-hour version of the movie for cable TV. Are you listening, HBO? It’s ambitious stuff, but before you get too excited, we’d advise a bit of patience. Why? Well, remember Tarantino’s long-discussed plans for “Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair“? Well, eventually they did pan out and the extended version of the martial arts flick had some screenings a few years ago, but it’s still not on home video or available in any kind of easily accessible medium. And not only that, Tarantino is a careful editor, so who knows how long it will be until he’s satisfied enough to release a meatier version of “Django Unchained” out into the world.
That said, there was a lot of stuff from the “Django Unchained” script that was either deleted or unfilmed (or maybe it was?) and one has to remember, that at one time, Harvey Weinstein gave Tarantino the option to split the movie into two parts.
Meanwhile, speaking with The Telegraph, Tarantino tossed around more potential movies he might make one day. “I love London and I really want to film there,” he said. “I could do a comedy there. I’m really obsessed with 1970’s London.” Just toss that one onto the pile of Lost, Unmade And Possible Future Films.
Oh, and about that leak of “The Hateful Script“? Dude is starting to chill a bit. “I’ve calmed down. The knife-in-the-back wound is starting to scab,” he said.
Lastly, closing out the press conference, Tarantino told a story about how he recently sat down with some friends, and they each drafted up a list of ten of the most “exciting” directors currently working today. The names that appeared on everyone’s list? David Fincher and Richard Linklater.
QT against revising films: “My director’s cut is the first time.” Yet he’s thinking 4-hour DJANGO UNCHAINED mini-series. #Cannes2014
— Peter Howell (@peterhowellfilm) May 23, 2014
— Jada Yuan (@jadabird) May 23, 2014