Out doing the press junket for his “Django Unchained” over the weekend, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino revealed that there is a longer version of his near three-hour film. However he’ll decide what to do with it at a later date as, for right now, the theatrical cut is the version he wants people to see.
“I’m not exactly sure [when I might],” Tarantino tells The Playlist. “I’m going to wait until the film goes around the world, does what it does. 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. 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.”
He adds that at one point Harvey Weinstein was talking about splitting it up [into two films], but Tarantino said “No, it won’t work here… It was a conscious decision from day 1 to not do my usual narrative tricks… You have to follow Django’s journey to the end.”