Saturday, April 20, 2024

Cannes: Tarantino Wants to Release “Django” as 4 Hour Cable Series


Quentin Tarantino is here. He’s in Cannes for tonight’s 20th anniversary showing of “Pulp Fiction.” Tomorrow night he introduces the closing night film, Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone’s “Fistful of Dollars.” It’s been remastered and restored. Very exciting.

Today, Tarantino spoke at a short but lively press conference. You know, he’s brilliant. You think he’s a little crazy. Like a fox. I am always stunned by how his brain works.

What did we learn? He has 90 minutes of “Django Unchained” that no one’s seen. He wants to recut the whole thing into a four hour movie, divide into four one hour episodes, and put it on cable. HBO and Showtime are going to go crazy for this.

What else? He abhors digital projection. It’s like watching TV in a theater. Who needs it? “Digital projection is death of cinema.”

He watches his movies when he comes upon them on TV. He stumbled on “Kill Bill, Pt. 1” recently and watched it from beginning to end.

He says he’s “calmed down” about the leak of his script “The Hateful Eight.” He’s rewriting it now, and will rewrite it again. His “knife in back wound is starting to scab.” Whew! The movie will be made, in some fashion.

What else? Winning the Palme D’or was “the greatest achievement. I look at all the people who won, and who didn’t.” It’s his most prized statue.

So glad he came to Cannes even if it’s at the end.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News