Quentin Tarantino has taken an "expanded version" of his controversial road show western The Hateful Eight to Netflix, but not how you would think. It is a miniseries consisting of four 50-minute episodes, and the reactions have been confused, to say the least. Why would a cohesive film, which already had six "chapters", be broken up into four?
Now Tarantino himself has spoken – and he tells Slashfilm that it is that experiment Netflix wanted him to produce:
So Netflix came to us and said, "Hey, see if you should be interested ̵1; if there are even more footage [and] if you would be interested in putting it together in a way that we could show it as three or four episodes, depending on how much extra pictures you have, we would be willing to do it. "
Tarantino says that the" extended version "has about 25 minutes of new content, and the scenes do not play the same way. In particular, the episodic format allows him to display a key sequence from the perspective of different characters (I will not destroy this).
We know that Netflix has experimented with new formats as interactive, choose your own adventure stories like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and You vs. Wild in addition to producing their own television programs with the advanced production values that were previously rare outside film. Now, Tarantino has raised the exciting possibility that movies not only have to be movies – and that Netflix is interested in finding out.
There's more to the full interview, including that Tarantino has already written a script for a possible Star Trek movie and has a director's cut of Django Unchained ready to go.