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Django Unchained: Expanded Cut Later on?

Tarantino Thinks About Putting Out Longer Version

When Quentin Tarantino was asked regarding a possibly longer version of Django Unchained, he confirmed that such a version does indeed exist and that he will maybe even release it in the future. However, the new scenes would mean that the story of the movie changes and he doesn't want that currently. Django Unchained should be what it is for a while.

Tarantino: "I'm not exactly sure, I'm going to wait until the film goes around the world, does what it does. And then I'm going to make a decision. I make these scripts that are almost novels. If I had to do this whole thing over again I would have published this as a novel and done this after the fact. Maybe next time. I could do what Kevin Costner did with the expanded edition of 'Dances with Wolves,' and I could very well do that. Because if I put some of that in I have to change the story. But I want this version to be the story for a while." (Source)

Samuel L. Jackson talks in another interview about things that didn't make it into the final film and hints that the original version has been much more brutal. Much of the violence and torture had been removed from the final film.

Jackson: "If Quentin put out the five-hour Blu-ray director's cut of this movie, it would be so different from the movie that's just there, in terms of its intensity and the horrific sh*t in it. People hate me now when they see me, but if they saw the sh*t that's not in the movie that I did ... well, I burned Django's nipples off with a hot poker at one point." (Source)

It remains to be seen if that version will ever see the light of day. Tarantino likes to talk but doesn't seem to be able to keep promises he makes to his fans. Years have passed since he announced The Whole Bloody Affair (consisting of both Kill Bill movies with additional footage) and the broad public hasn't seen it yet (apart from a screening in early 2011 but since then everything went silent on the project again). It is therefore reasonable not to put the longer cut of Django Unchained on the wishlist of next year's Christmas. Maybe the best thing if you immediately forget about this news after you read it.

It's also interesting that Harvey Weinstein, who handles the film's distribution in the US, suggested to Tarantino to split the movie into two parts just like he did with Kill Bill. It does mean more box office and since Tarantino recently hinted that he won't make movies forever, Weinstein could be afraid that one of his best moneymakers doesn't bring him that much money in the future. Tarantino rejected the idea of splitting the movie up, though, since he thought that this revenge story should be told in one piece.

Tarantino: "At one point Harvey Weinstein was talking about splitting it up . And I said, 'No, it won't work here.'" (Source)

Django Unchained starts in US cinemas on December 26th, 2012, while the UK will have to wait until January 18th, 2013.

Release: Dec 21, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Movies.com

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