Quentin Tarantino has been in Cannes this past week to premiere his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the film receiving a standing ovation at its screening and drawing reactions which praised the film as “terrific” and “shocking”.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood still doesn’t open for another couple of months, and it seems that the version we get in theaters may end up being different from the one shown at Cannes, with Tarantino revealing to IndieWire (via Dark Horizons) that he’s considering a return to the edit bay to extend the movie.
“I may make it longer,” said Tarantino. “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.”
Sony chairman Tom Rothman went on to give Tarantino his full blessing should he want to produce a longer version, stating that: ““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.”
The Cannes cut of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ran for two hours and 39 minutes, but Tarantino went on to reveal that the initial assembly cut was four hours and 20 minutes, meaning there’s plenty of unused material that Tarantino could look to reinsert into the film should he choose to do so.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour… Sharon Tate.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Al Pacino (The Godfather), Damien Lewis (Billions), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Dakota Fanning (Ocean’s 8), Luke Perry (Riverdale), Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), James Marsden (Westworld), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Julia Butters (American Housewife), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight), Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Spencer Garrett (The Magicians), Martin Kove (Cobra Kai), James Remar (Django Unchained), Brenda Vaccaro (Once Is Not Enough), Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained), Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight), Mike Moh (Inhumans), Craig Stark (The Hateful Eight), Marco Rodriguez (Inhumans), Ramon Franco (Tour of Duty), Raul Cardona (Where the Sky Is Born), Lena Dunham (Girls), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Austin Butler (The Shannara Chronicles), Lorenza Izzo (Knock, Knock), Rumer Willis (Empire), Dreama Walker (Gossip Girl), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Costa Ronin (The Americans), Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House), Madisen Beaty (The Master), Danny Strong (Billions), Sydney Sweeney (The Handmaid’s Tale), Rafal Zawierucha (The Pact), Damon Herriman (Justified), and Palm Dog award-winner Brandy.