Quentin Tarantino Wants 'Django: Unchained' to Be a Miniseries & His Point Is Convincing
You probably don't think of Quentin Tarantino's films as "television friendly," as in, "hey kids, let's gather 'round and watch some Kill Bill together! Who brought the TV dinners!?" But in this day and age of premium cable television, television is bloodier and pornier than ever. So, it's totally fair that Quentin Tarantino wants a Django: Unchained miniseries on television.
So, where's this idea coming from? It actually stems from how he has a ton of extra footage from the original 2012 Oscar-winning movie. He's got an additional 90 minutes, to be exact, and since he figures people can't handle a four hour movie (he's not wrong there), he thinks a mini series could suffice. Humans LOVE a good mini series! Like The Bible! Or that new Jesus one!
Anyway, here's what Tarantino said:
I have about 90 minutes worth of material with Django. It hasn't been seen. My idea, frankly, is to cut together a four-hour version of Django Unchained [...] But I wouldn't show it like a four hour movie. I would cut it up into hour chapters. Like a four-part mini-series. And show it on cable television. Show it like an hour at a time, each chapter.
Basically, he wants you to be able to have bathroom breaks.
We'd use all the material I have and it wouldn't be an endurance test. It would be a mini-series. And people love those [...] People roll their eyes at a four-hour movie. But a four-hour mini-series that they like, then they are dying to watch all four parts. That's how I thought it could work.
Okay, call me a naysayer, but it sounds an awful lot like an excuse to crank out more some profits from the same material. But on the flip-side, Tarantino could just loooove Django that much, to the point that he can't let it go. Why stop at movies — let's have TV, too! However, he does have a point: people might tune in to watch the extra-long movie in four parts, especially if they can do it in their sweatpants while eating.
As for me, I'm just waiting for the day that there's something called Jenga about people playing Jenga. That's a mini series that I would so watch. I could watch that for four hours.