Streaming could soon see a longer version of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, if rumors are to be believed.
The film’s current runtime is around 116 minutes. Not a quick flick for sure, but it’s pretty quick in comparison to many of Taratino’s others (Grindhouse was 193 minutes). Tarantino cut out many parts of Once Upon a Time, and there are surely enough pieces out there to make an extended version.
While the idea of a new cut is just a rumor, it’s not an unbelievable one.
Netflix is currently home to an extended version of another one of his films, The Hateful Eight. The movie itself is available on the streaming giant, and the “extended version” is basically a four-episode miniseries, standing at a collective 50 minutes long. This hit Netflix back in April if you want to see exactly how it was done.
Tarantino himself has not yet confirmed a Once Upon a Time extension, but a member of the cast did imply that one could be on the way. Nicholas Hammond, who plays Sam Wanamaker in Once Upon a Time, appeared on the podcast The Mutuals to talk about his role in the Charles Manson movie.
Hammond explained, “There is talk about there being a 4-hour Netflix version, as well, because there were a lot of scenes he shot that couldn’t make it into the film because there just simply wasn’t room.”
He went on to say, “The promise is that like his other film, The Hateful Eight, they just [did] a 4-hour Netflix version. And I think they’re talking about doing the same. There are some actors like Tim Roth, wonderful actors, who never even made it into the film. I mean, they’re entire roles got cut …The Netflix version will be great too.”
An extended cut would give screen time to the handful of people who didn’t make it on the big screen including Roth, James Marsden, Danny Strong, and Bruce Durn.
Film fans shouldn’t expect the new cut to come anytime soon, though. If The Hateful Eight extended version is any precedent, then it will be a long time before any version of Once Upon a Time is available for streaming.
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