While the fate of The Hateful Eight remains uncertain, and we'll likely never see a sequel to Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino isn't retiring from the Western genre anytime soon. His next project may be a 4-hour Django Unchained miniseries for television.
Don't get too excited. He isn't writing or shooting new material for this proposed miniseries. The director currently holds 90 minutes of never-before-seen footage from the original 2012 shoot that he plans to re-edit back into the movie.
This is what Quentin Tarantino told audiences while attending the Canes Film Festival this Friday,
"I have about 90 minutes' worth of material with Django [that] 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 miniseries. And show it on cable television. Show it like an hour at a time, each chapter. We'd use all the material I have and it wouldn't be an endurance test. It would be a miniseries. And people love those."
The current theatrical version of Django Unchained runs 2 hours and 45 minutes. An additional 90 minutes puts its run time at 4 hours and 15 minutes. It isn't clear when this miniseries event will happen, and if its to stay in tact, with its harsh language and violence, it would most likely have to premiere on a premium cable channel, like Showtime or HBO.
It's also possible that this will never happen. The director has a habit of thinking out loud, and is notorious for announcing projects that never come to fruition, like a spin-off about the Vega Brothers or the Kill Bill cut that brings both volumes together for The Whole Bloody Affair. We're just saying, don't hold your breath.