Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino stopped by the Cannes film festival for Pulp Fiction‘s twentieth anniversary (an anniversary that’s going to make some of us feel old), where the film was the only movie to be shown on 35mm during the entire festival. As QT said “The fact that now most films are not shown in 35mm means the war is lost. The death of 35mm is the death of cinema.” But beyond that he dropped a hint that his next project might be turning Django Unchained into a miniseries.

As Deadline reports, QT said a lot of things (because Tarantino is Tarantino), but of interest is this:

I have about 90 minutes worth of material with Django. It 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 mini-series. And people love those.
Besides that, he said he was working on The Hateful Eight, but that he still didn’t know if he’d make a movie out of it.
As for Django Unchained, all word was that the shoot was unwieldy, and so the ninety minutes of additional material sounds plausible, which when added to the film’s current 165 minute running time, would make it a little bit longer than Kill Bill in its entirety. Likely a cable channel would be willing to make an event of this, though it would also involve QT going back to re-edit and it may need a whole bunch of post work to be do-able, so who’s to say if this will ever happen. But — though the film was a box office smash — The Weinstein Company has gone through some rough fiscal patches, so if this can be done easily, we’d be surprised if this doesn’t happen.
How much stock do you take in what QT said?