Quentin Tarantino on The Hateful Eight miniseries on Netflix,Star Trek and Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino on ‘The Hateful Eight’ miniseries on Netflix, Star Trek and Django Unchained.
Christmas has arrived early this year. Quentin Tarantino‘s bloody, snowy tale of murder, mystery and madness ‘The Hateful Eight’ arrived on the streaming giant Netflix (US) as a miniseries. At 187 minutes, the “Roadshow” version of 2015’s The Hateful Eight is his longest running length feature film, unless you consider both the volumes of highly stylized revenge action film Kill Bill as one film. The general version, which was played across the world in the theatres, without overture and intermission clocked 168 mins, beating Django Unchained by a few minutes.
The “extended version” of The Hateful Eight — which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bechir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern, and arrived on Netflix last week — consists of four “episodes,” about an average length of 50 mins each. In an interview, QT enlightens that it was Netflix who approached him with the idea of putting three or four episodes based on extra footage that could be assembled together for a miniseries.
Tarantino told the SlashFilm, “So about a year after it’s released, maybe a little less, me and my editor, Fred Raskin, we got together and then we worked really hard. We edited the film down into 50-minute bits, and we very easily got four episodes out of it. We didn’t re-edit the whole thing from scratch, but we did a whole lot of re-editing, and it plays differently. Some sequences are more similar than others compared to the film, but it has a different feeling. It has a different feeling that I actually really like a lot. And there was [already] a literary aspect to the film anyway, so it definitely has this “chapters unfolding” quality.”
Read our review of The Hateful Eight here.
An estimated 25 minutes of new footage is scattered throughout the miniseries. “Some sequences are more similar than others compared to the film, but it has a different feeling,” Tarantino told SlashFilm. “It has a different feeling that I actually really like a lot…There are sequences that play very different.”
On Django Unchained
When asked if he would go for the fuller version of his earlier films like Kill Bill, he promptly turned down the idea as he already included everything he shot in the film and divided them in two-part film. Quentin Tarantino has already worked on a director’s cut of Django which is approximately 195 minutes to 200 minutes, the theatrical cut is 165 minutes long. He is not keen on releasing it as a miniseries. “That’s one I wouldn’t do as a miniseries, because it would just be better [as a movie]. I thought about that idea, but that would just work better as one movie. Just a longer one as far as I was concerned. So I’ve actually done that. We’re just kind of waiting some time after Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and we’ll release that eventually,” Quentin Tarantino revealed in the interview.
On Star Trek
Quentin Tarantino has not given up on the possibility of a Star Trek movie. As he is currently busy with Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, he hasn’t solidified anything on Star Trek except the initial discussion on the story and script. “The script has been written and when I emerge my head like Punxsutawney Phil, post-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we’ll pick up talking about it again, ” Tarantino said.