Director Quentin Tarantino previously said that he cut quite a bit of footage from Django Unchained in order to get it in under three hours.
However, The Huffington Post reports that the director might be considering an extended cut of the film. The acclaimed filmmaker recently discussed the deleted scenes and the possibility of a longer version during a press conference on Sunday.
Although the footage does exist, Tarantino said it might be a while before the excised scenes are reinserted into the film. According to Indiewire, the director is waiting to see how well the film does during its theatrical run.
“I’m going to wait until the film goes around the world, does what it does,” Tarantino said. “And then I’m going to make a decision. I make these scripts that are almost novels. If I had to do this whole thing over again I would have published this as a novel and done this after the fact. Maybe next time.”
He added, “I could do what Kevin Costner did with the expanded edition of ‘Dances with Wolves,’ and I could very well do that. Because if I put some of that in I have to change the story. But I want this version to be the story for a while.”
Screen Rant explains that any additions Quentin Tarantino makes to Django Unchained would effectively change the storyline. Since the filmmaker is interested in telling this particular story for a while, he isn’t making any immediate plans to release an extended cut of the film.
During his conversation with The Inquisitr’s own Niki Cruz, Tarantino said he wanted to make a western that didn’t shy away from the subject of slavery.
“It seems to me that so many westerns that take place during the Civil War time just bent over backwards to avoid it as is America’s way,” the director said. “Nobody really wants to deal with it. I think it’s like in the story of all the different types of slave narratives that could have existed during this time, there’s a zillion dramatic, exciting, adventurous, heartbreaking, triumphant stories that could be told.”
Django Unchained arrives in theaters on December 25. However, don’t expect the extended cut of the flick anytime soon.