Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained could be worked into a miniseries someday. By "could," we mean the director has an idea for how it could work, but it doesn't sound like there are any set plans as of yet. And by "worked into," we mean it sounds like he's talking about an extended version of the original 2011 film, which would included unseen footage and then cut up into a few parts and presented as a miniseries, as opposed to a really long movie.
USA Today got the scoop on Tarantino's idea for how to present an even fuller version of Django Unchained. From what Tarantino says, he has "about 90 minutes worth of material" from Django that hasn't been seen. "My idea," the director says. "Is to cut together a four-hour version of Django Unchained."
Tarantino realizes that people would roll their eyes at the idea of a four-hour movie, but people do love miniseries. "I would cut it up into hour chapters. Like a four-hour miniseries," Tarantino told USA Today. And he'd show it on cable television, an hour at a time.
If this were to actually happen, it would probably need to land on either basic cable or premium cable. Given the level of violence in the movie, it's hard to imagine enough footage being fit for network TV to warrant a full miniseries. But on cable, that could work, especially broken up into segments to make a big event out of it and give people a reason to tune in for each installment. Even knowing how the story ends, it would be interesting to see it presented that way with new content worked in.
For those who have yet to see it, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as a slave during the pre-Civil War era of the United States. He ends up teamed up with Christoph Waltz's character King Schultz, a bounty hunter who seeks Django's help, in exchange for his freedom. In addition to becoming King's apprentice, Django is also determined to reunite with his wife, Broomhilda (Scandal's Kerry Washington). Leonardo DiCaprio plays the cruel plantation owner Monsieur Calvin J. Candie.
At this point, the miniseries idea sounds like just a thought Quentin Tarantino has in mind, but it's a very intriguing concept, and one that could perhaps come to fruition someday. It's also an idea that could work well for other beloved movies, especially when we consider directors cuts that are sometimes released on DVD and Blu-ray after the theatrical version has its theater run. Of course, an extended miniseries would only work in situations where the director actually has footage they want to show, that would ideally enhance people's enjoyment of a film. It sounds like Quentin Tarantino feels that way about Django Unchained. In other cases, some things are best left on the cutting room floor.