The many rumors about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s extended edition miniseries may have some weight to them, according to comments made by star Brad Pitt earlier this week.
In an interview with journalist Kyle Buchanan, Pitt addressed the rumor and confirmed that director Quentin Tarantino has discussed it and called it an “arousing idea.”
With Hollywood on its way out of theaters and Ad Astra just weeks away, Buchanan profiled Pitt for The New York Times. The profile provides plenty of insight into Pitt himself, but additional information was included in a follow-up tweet with cut pieces from the interview.
Brad Pitt confirmed that Tarantino’s discussed a streaming version of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD that would expand the film into several episodes and add cut footage. “It’s a pretty arousing idea,” Pitt told me. pic.twitter.com/nS4z6dmgud— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) September 5, 2019
In the first part of these outtakes from the interview, Pitt voices his concerns about the fragility of the cinematic experience. He voices his worry that people will prefer a television series or that a movie may get lost in the packed market of content, and references The Hateful Eight: Extended Version as a way to move cinema forward.
The Hateful Eight: Extended Version was Tarantino’s first attempt at repurposing a film into a TV show. The three-hour, seven-minute movie was cut into four nearly hour-long TV episodes exclusive to Netflix. It came as a shock to die-hard fans of the director, who famously fights to preserve the movie theater experience.
The studio has not announced any official news regarding a miniseries for the film, but it will probably be a while, as it took nearly four years for The Hateful Eight’s extended series to arrive on Netflix.
Written, directed and produced by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning.