Not long ago, writer/director Quentin Tarantino quietly dropped a “four-episode cut” of his western “The Hateful Eight” on Netflix, the new version around a half hour longer than even the extended roadshow cut and the first time any alternate cut of the movie had been made available to stream.
Naturally this has begged the question as to whether his recently released “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will be receiving a similar mini-series cut with a bunch of extra footage.
Speaking with The New York Times to promote “Ad Astra,” actor Brad Pitt was asked about the changing nature of the film industry and how cinema may not continue to live in the movie theater. In that exchange, Pitt says:
“I’m curious to see if movies last, if movies stick around. What I notice about the younger generation is that they’re used to receiving a lot of information at a much faster pace, and they’re more inclined to watch a short series of episodes where you can stay in it as long as you want or jump out whenever you get bored. With a film, to sit down for two hours is a commitment that a lot of people aren’t willing to make. I love when you can have that transportive experience, but I may be a dinosaur.
Yeah, for us old people. All I know is you can’t fight it. You have to go with it. I’m still going to be pushing for the long-form film, because that’s where my heart lies. But they almost have to be some kind of event for them not to get lost in the vast ocean of content.
On the other hand, I look at series where you can spend more time on characters and story and explore more angles you don’t always get to do in films. So much of these films end up on the cutting room floor because they just don’t fit in that box. That’s why I think it’s interesting that Tarantino took ‘Hateful Eight’ and ostensibly repurposed it as a [four]-part series. It’s almost the best of both worlds: You have the cinema experience that exists, but you can actually put more content in the series format”
He then confirms that Tarantino is interested in doing the same with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, saying: “Yeah, he’s talked about it. It’s a pretty arousing idea.” It’s known Tarantino filmed a bunch of scenes that didn’t make it into the final film, including an entire performance from Tim Roth.
The full profile piece with Pitt can be read here.