News Briefs: Quentin Tarantino Wants to Turn Django Unchained Into a TV Miniseries

By Kaitlin Thomas

May 24, 2014


BECAUSE WHY NOT?

... Quentin Tarantino has announced—via a press conference held at the currently in-progress Cannes Film Festival—that he has 90 minutes of unused footage from Django Unchained and that he intends to reedit the movie plus the extra footage into a four-hour TV miniseries. Also, if this quote from from the press conference is any indication, this might actually be one of his smartest ideas to date: "It would be a miniseries and people love those. You show people a four-hour movie and they roll their eyes. Show people a four-part miniseries and they'll sit and watch it all in one sitting." Guys, I think Tarantino might be a genius and maybe should also consider a job in marketing? [The Guardian]


BUSINESS TIME

... Justin Bieber will appear on So You Think You Can Dance this season, which I guess means we're still letting him live in America? Anyway, beginning with the season premiere on Wednesday, May 28, Bieber and his choreographer Nick DeMoura will showcase two dance crews during each of the show's four audition episodes. Fans will then be able to tweet about their favorites, and whoever "wins" will be invited to perform during the eventual season finale. [Fox via press release]

... Last Comic Standing returned on Thursday after four years away, and it premiered to solid ratings, earning a 1.7 in the 18-to-49 demographic and pulling in 5.2 million viewers during its first hour, and jumping to 5.5 million viewers in its second. Fox's new drama Gang Related, however, premiered to only 3.0 million viewers and 0.9 in the demo. [HitFix]

... According to "sources," cult movie classic Wet Hot American Summer, which starred several now-extremely-famous actors and comedians as campers at the fictional Camp Firewood, might soon be getting a prequel at Netflix in the form of a 10-episode TV series. The project would be executive-produced by David Wain and Michael Showalter and reunite the original cast, which includes Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poeher, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, and Christopher Meloni. They'd be playing high schoolers in the prequel, which is hilarious for obvious reasons, but also makes me wish this idea were headed to The CW so that everyone could continue to complain about how the network always hires actors who are way older than their characters. [Variety]

... TBS has canceled The Pete Holmes Show after two seasons. The four-nights-a-week series aired after Conan, but was not able to draw the audience it needed to stay alive. It will sign off for good on June 19. [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... Supernatural's cast roster is getting prettttttty crowded, y'all. For most of the series' run, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have been sitting alone on the series regular bus, with Misha Collins coming and going as Castiel was needed. And even though Mark Sheppard has played a significant role as Crowley for years now, Season 10 will mark his first as a series regular, which makes sense given the events of Tuesday's game-changing Season 9 finale. I look forward to many Moose references. [EW]

... Catherine Dent (The Shield) has joined the cast of AMC's new pilot Galyntine. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the drama follows a small group of survivors who are forced to adapt to the challenges of their new technology-free world. [Deadline]


REQUIRED READING

... We know most of you hated the ending of Dexter, so you can take solace in the fact that Michael C. Hall wasn't necessarily the biggest fan of it, either. (See, How I Met Your Mother stars, you don't have to praise your series finale!) His recent interview with the Daily Beast talks a bit about Dexter's conclusion, as well as his latest project. Hit the link to check it out! [The Daily Beast]


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  • irehawk20 Jun 05, 2014

    Jamie Foxx is alright an actor, even if he has erratic behaviored talk along the way. He doesn't need to be the next James Bond type of actor, but at least he will do better than Martin Lawrence, IMO.

  • HristoslavDim May 27, 2014

    Django Unchained... God, why wouldn't they leave anything alone...remakes, sequels , prequels, spin-offs, blaaahasdfsd......

  • LeahLefler May 27, 2014

    Wet Hot American Summer was so awesome! I'm excited.

  • c07111 May 26, 2014

    I look forward to Django Unchained mini-series. And Crowley more than earned his spot after this season on Supernatural as a regular.

  • exptl May 26, 2014

    Perhaps we can turn BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA into a miniseries.

  • hockeyrick May 25, 2014

    Supernsnatural 5 season overdue for ending!!!!

  • Neejan May 25, 2014

    IKR

  • apotheot May 25, 2014

    Getting really tired of TV.com shitting on the How I Met Your Mother finale. I know that they didn't like it but everyone I know who regularly watched the show loved it, and it is over now, so GET OVER IT.

  • tannerscott1990 May 25, 2014

    Nobody liked the Finale. It went down as one of the worst finales of all time. Just sayin

  • apotheot May 25, 2014

    very untrue. mostly only critics hated. most fans and industry people thought it was perfect.

  • tannerscott1990 May 26, 2014

    wrong again. Critics gave it better reviews then the fans did. Thats why the creators shot the whole last episode again and will include that in the final season DVD instead of the original episode.

  • apotheot May 26, 2014

    double wrong, first critics hated it. check out the fan pages for the series on facebook and the web to see how fans truly reacted. second, they didn't reshoot a thing, just re-edited existing footage in order to bow to critics pressure. here is the quote "16 days ago today we were in the HIMYM edit room, trying to decide between two very different endings," Bays wrote. "We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series. We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too."

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-i-met-your-mother-alternate-ending-on-dvd-2014-4#ixzz32naC3YTo

  • ben45tpy May 24, 2014

    Django was a disappointment for me. Part of what I love about Tarantino movies is their tight plotting, keeping things ticking over. Django was a drawn out mess. I'll check out the miniseries but an even more drawn out experience doesn't sound that appealing.\\

    Good on Michael C. Hall for admitting that aspects of the Dexter finale weren't great, this makes him far more credible than any of the deluded writers. Of course he doesn't go far enough in his criticism and thinks our main problem was the final scene instead of how we got to the final scene but as he said he hasn't even watched the episode so we can't expect too much.

  • saintmark May 24, 2014

    QT will never be as good as he himself thinks he is.

    Like most of his movies a lot of hommaging and really no original plot around.
    So yes he would do well on the telly.

  • Rolamb May 24, 2014

    I am curious about that Tarantino mini series. I will defenitively watch that.

    And you mentioned justin Bi..... and my mind just tuned out. Anyhting imnpotant in the rest of the post?

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