Quentin Tarantino considering a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood streaming miniseries
Quentin Tarantino is mulling over the idea of turning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a streaming miniseries with more content. The iconic director did the same to The Hateful Eight on Netflix, which added more scenes and essentially recut the film to fit a four-part miniseries format. After Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s critical and commercial success, it’s probably fair to say a number of people would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with these new-found characters.
Tarantino’s intentions were shared by Brad Pitt during an interview with The New York Times where Pitt admitted to seeing the benefits of a streaming platform, which he believes offers more freedom.
“On the other hand, I look at series where you can spend much more time on characters and story and explore angles you don’t always get to do in films,” Pitt said. “So much of these films end up on the cutting room floor because they just don’t fit in that box. That’s why I think it’s interesting that Tarantino took ‘Hateful Eight’ and ostensibly repurposed it as a three-part series. It’s almost the best of both worlds: You have the cinema experience that exists, but you can actually put more content into the series format.”
Kyle Buchanan, who conducted the interview, then asked if Tarantino was interested in doing something similar for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, to which Pitt responded, “Yeah, he’s talked about it. It’s a pretty arousing idea.”
While none of this is official, the idea of a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood miniseries sounds intriguing, to say the least.
The massive ensemble cast for the film includes Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed), Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Michael Madsen (Sin City), Tim Roth (Selma), Damian Lewis (Billions), Luke Perry (The Fifth Element), Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer), Lena Dunham (Girls), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Clifton Collins (Pacific Rim), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight), Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music), James Marsden (Westworld), Julia Butters (Transparent), James Remar (48 Hours), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), Kurt Russell (Furious 7), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Al Pacino (Scarface).
Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood focuses on a male TV actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick Cliff Booth (Pitt) — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick’s neighbor in the film, portrayed by Robbie) and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story. The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer.