Okay, we know that some of Quentin Tarantino‘s movies can be a little bit long, but the man knows how to weave a good story. As usual the famed director is getting some attention for his latest movie Django Unchained. Apparently Harvey Weinstein already saw this coming and wanted to do something drastic with the spaghetti western before it hit theaters. Thank goodness he didn’t get his way or else there’d be some disgruntled fans comparing Django Unchained’s recent turn of events to what Peter Jackson did with The Hobbit movies.
During the middle of a press conference, Mr. Tarantino told everybody that there is an even longer cut of the movie that he may release one day in the near future, but that’s not the part of the story that’s catching our attention. He makes mention that at one point Harvey Weinstein came up to him asking if he wanted to do the crazy task of splitting Django Unchained into two films. Now don’t get us wrong, we like Tarantino movies as much as the next person, but to stretch out the stories into two films was not something Tarantino was ready to do.
This had to be Django’s journey from beginning to end. It had to be an odyssey. As Django and Schultz traverse America to get to Broomhilda. At one point Harvey was talking about splitting it up [into two films]. And I said, ‘No, it won’t work here.’ You have to follow Django’s journey to the end. There are so many emotions – there’s the action adventure, the gallows humor comedy that runs through it, there’s the pain of the story, there’s the catharsis, there’s the suspense, and hopefully at the end there’s cheering, if the audience isn’t cheering then I haven’t done my job. That I got that cheer at the end was the biggest issue. As far of the pain of the story I could have gone further. I wanted to show more, to show how bad it was. But I also don’t want to traumatize the audience to the point that they aren’t where I need them to be in the last reel.
At least there is a possibility we’ll be seeing an extended cut of Django Unchained at some point. We’re not sure at this point whether or not it’ll be released theatrically or just be included on the Blu-ray/DVD release. Either way, we’ll see it along with the original theatrical cut. Did I mention that myself, among many others, wants to really see Django Unchained? Because I obviously do.
Are you seeing Django Unchained when its released in theaters?