Margot Robbie, who starred as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s epic Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, has revealed that there is a 20-hour cut of the film in existence.
Speaking to Variety, the Aussie star said: “I’d love to watch the five-hour cut of every movie I’ve ever done. There’s a 20-hour cut of Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood that would…there’s so much more that you didn’t get to see, that we shot that was amazing, and for a million reasons obviously, can’t make the cut.”
Whilst a 20-hour cut might prove a bit too long for the viewing public, all that extra material did indeed open the door for a novelistic adaptation due for release from Tarantino this summer.
In addition to the novel, there is also talk of lining the tale of Rick Dalton and the rest of the gang up for serial adaptation for Netflix.
Speaking to Deadline, the director illuminated the possibility, stating: “As far as the Bounty Law shows, I want to do that, but it will take me a year and a half. It got an introduction from Once Upon a Tim in Hollywood, but I don’t really consider it part of that movie even though it is.”
“This is not about Rick Dalton playing Jake Cahill. It’s about Jake Cahill. Where all this came from was, I ended up watching a bunch of Wanted, Dead or Alive, and The Rifleman, and Tales of Wells Fargo, these half-hour shows to get in the mindset of Bounty Law, the kind of show Rick was on. I’d liked them before, but I got really into them.
“The concept of telling a dramatic story in half an hour. You watch and think, wow, there’s a helluva lot of storytelling going on in 22 minutes. I thought, I wonder if I can do that? I ended up writing five half-hour episodes. So I’ll do them, and I will direct all of them.”
For now, it would seem that the fate of the 20-hour cut remains to be seen, but there is certainly plenty of excitement surrounding it.