Speaking at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in France, Quentin Tarantino has stated the potential for his Western film Django Unchained (2012) to be expanded into a four-hour mini-series. Set two years prior to the US Civil War (1861-1865), the well-received film stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave sought by dentist-bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to assist in the hunt for an outlaw gang. Following the successful tracking of that gang, Schultz promises to give Django full freedom and to assist in the recovery of Django’s wife (played by Kerry Washington) from the plantation of slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Tarantino revealed that he has approximately 90 minutes of unseen material from the film that could be incorporated into an expanded four-hour version of Django Unchained. Tarantino said that such a version would be best viewed in one-hour chapters and delivered via cable television. A self-declared admirer of the Italian Western sub-genre, Tarantino will host a screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) at the close of Cannes. A print of the film, which made Clint Eastwood an international star and had a major impact on the style and content of Westerns, has been restored to full resolution.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)