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Tarantino Wants “Django Unchained” TV Mini-Series

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If the ending of Django Unchained didn’t leave you wanting more, then you probably won’t like this report. The director and writer of the film, Quentin Tarantino, wants to create a mini series based on the film.

Tarantino told the audiance at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that he is considering a four-hour mini-series with material from the film that hasn’t been seen.

“I have about 90 minutes worth of material with Django,” Tarantino said. “It hasn’t been seen. My idea, frankly, is to cut together a four-hour version of Django Unchained.

But I wouldn’t show it like a four hour movie. I would cut it up into hour chapters. Like a four-part mini-series. And show it on cable television. Show it like an hour at a time, each chapter.

We’d use all the material I have and it wouldn’t be an endurance test. It would be a mini-series. And people love those. The movie concept would be too much.

People roll their eyes at a four-hour movie. But a four-hour mini-series that they like, then they are dying to watch all four parts. That’s how I thought it could work.”

Django Unchained was released in theaters in 2012. The film is highly stylized variation of the spaghetti Western which takes place in the Old West, but primarily taking place in America’s pre-Civil War South. The film stars Jamie FoxxChristoph WaltzLeonardo DiCaprioKerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film follows an African-American slave (Foxx), and an English-speaking, German bounty hunter posing as a traveling dentist (Waltz), named Dr. Schultz. In exchange for helping Schultz collect a large bounty on three outlaws (hiding-in-plain-sight in the south, working in the slave trade) that he has never seen – but Django has, while being trafficked – Schultz buys and then promises to free Django after they catch the outlaws the following spring. Schultz also promises to teach Django bounty hunting, and split the bounties with him, if Django assists him in hunting down other outlaws throughout the winter. Django agrees – on the condition that they also locate and free his long-lost wife (Washington) from her cruel plantation owner (DiCaprio).

USA TODAY’s Book of the Year is “The Great Gatsby”

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“The Great Gatsby” returns to the spotlight as USA TODAY’s Book of the Year. The 88-year-old novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which was initially published in 1925, has once again captivated audiences surely thanks to the recent release of the film adaptation from Baz Lurhmann.

The recent film release starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire whose obsessive love for the married Daisy Buchanan sets off a chain of tragic events.

“The Great Gatsby” has long been a staple of summer reading lists, with this year tripling  its typical annual sales with over 1.5 million copies. It even landed at No. 2 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list for four straight weeks in May (behind David Baldacci, James Patterson, Charlaine Harris and Dan Brown at No. 1 those weeks).

Susan Moldow, president of publisher Scribner, says the long-lasting appeal of the story of anti-hero Gatsby has to do with “eternal appeal of the American dream. There’s something in it for everybody.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed For Boardwalk Empire Role

 

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Terence Winter, the scribe behind popular HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” is reportedly eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio for a role on the series. However, Winter has yet to man up and ask DiCaprio. Winter recently worked with DiCaprio on the forthcoming film, Wolf of Wall Street, and when asked by The Wrap if he’d like to have DiCaprio play a part in the gangster show, he said he’d jump at the chance.

“That would be awesome,” Winter told TheWrap. “I never even thought to ask him because he’s so unbelievably busy. That was his fourth movie in a row and I believe he was going to take some time off, so that wasn’t even a possibility. But God, if he would ever do it? I obviously would welcome that. We got Martin Scorsese to do it. Why not?”

Winter added, “Whatever you can do to get that happen, I would welcome the help.”