Tarantino’s latest film, which follows two fading stars in the changing Hollywood of the late Sixties alongside the events of the Manson Murders, currently has a run time of 165 minutes (2h 45 minutes). But there are industry rumours that a far longer directors cut, running to four hours, may be acquired by Netflix and run as a miniseries.
The move wouldn’t be unprecedented: Tarantino’s previous film, The Hateful Eight, has run on the streaming service as a four-hour version, meaning scenes and characters – such as a role played by Tim Roth – were given screentime they never received in the official release.
The news comes from Nicholas Hammond, who plays Sam Wannamaker in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Hammond discussed the matter on The Mutuals Interviews, saying: “There is talk about there being a 4-hour Netflix version, as well, because there were a lot of scenes he shot that couldn’t make it into the film because there just simply wasn’t room”.