The cut moviegoers see of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may be longer than what recently screened at Cannes. The filmmaker’s ninth movie recently held its premiere at the prestigious festival and, for the most part, critics have responded really well to his take on Tinseltown in 1969. Still, Tarantino is considering adding in some footage that wound up on the cutting room floor prior to the premiere.
Quentin Tarantino rushed to get the movie ready for its Cannes debut alongside his editor Fred Raskin. The initial cut was 4 hours and 20 minutes. They managed to get it down to 2 hours and 39 minutes. However, during a press conference, the filmmaker explained that he may tweak the cut and make it longer. Here’s what he had to say about the process of getting the cut ready and what he might do with it now.
“I may make it longer. His [Fred Raskin] job is to put in every single thing I shot, give me everything. That’s not unusual, for an epic-y kind of movie… I wouldn’t take anything else out. I’m going to explore possibly putting something back in. If anything, I wanted to go to Cannes too short. if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on too tight.”
So what might this entail? We can’t say specifically, however, it was revealed that there was a lot cut out. Virtually every star in the huge ensemble has additional footage that could be added in. This includes stuff with co-lead Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Scoot McNairy and one particularly intriguing scene that centers on Leonardo DiCaprio’s lead character Rick Dalton starring in what is described as “an alternate version of The Great Escape.”
This wouldn’t be the first time the director tweaked his own work. Following its premiere at Cannes a decade ago, Quentin Tarantino recut Inglourious Basterds ahead of its theatrical rollout. He also recently recut The Hateful Eight as a miniseries for Netflix, in addition to revealing that he’s got a longer cut of Django Unchained on the way. Sony head Tom Rothman doesn’t seem to have any issues with a longer cut, as he feels the movie is in good hands.
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“It’s his movie. We’re privileged to be along for the ride. It’s a Quentin Tarantino film. It’s entirely in his very capable hands.”
As is, the movie sits at a very solid 96 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s not been without its controversy though. A journalist recently asked Tarantino about Margot Robbie’s lack of dialogue as the late actress Sharon Tate. The director didn’t respond particularly well to the question and it’s ignited some debate online about his treatment of women in his movies in general. Tarantino was previously called out for his treatment of female characters in Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. Controversy or no controversy, additional footage or no additional footage, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set to arrive in theaters on July 26. This news was previously reported by IndieWire.