Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood premiered to an almost universally positive response at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week (it's sitting at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing; you can read our review here), but that isn't to say that some viewers didn't have notes. Among these notes: the suggestion that Tarantino's latest could stand to lose a few minutes in the ol' editing bay.
One person who doesn't seem inclined to agree with this take: Quentin Tarantino, who - in a new interview with IndieWire's Anne Thompson - suggests the version of Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood hitting theaters in July might be even longer than the two-hour, thirty-nine minute cut which premiered at Cannes.
“I wouldn’t take anything else out. I’m going to explore possibly putting something back in. If anything, I wanted to go to Cannes too short. if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on too tight.”
Sony head Tom Rothman seems happy to let Tarantino do as he will:
“It’s his movie. We’re privileged to be along for the ride. It’s a Quentin Tarantino film. It’s entirely in his very capable hands.”
What might these extra scenes entail? That remains unclear, but IndieWire says scenes were cut across the board, including ones featuring Al Pacino, Scoot McNairy and a sequence that would find Leonardo DiCaprio's Rick Dalton starring in "an alternate version of The Great Escape". Tarantino says he's exploring the possibility of putting "something" back into the movie, so it could be any of the above. Could be something else entirely. We won't know until we see what Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood's theatrical release looks like.
Tarantino's never shied away from recutting his own films (in fact, he recently re-cut The Hateful Eight into a four-chapter "TV series" for Netflix, and also recut Inglorious Basterds after its Cannes premiere in 2009), so none of this is terribly surprising. It's also not terribly upsetting: we're never gonna argue for less Tarantino content here at BMD. If the man wants to make the movie three hours long, we say: let him. Hell, make it five hours. We're not scared.
Anyway, nothing further to report at this time, but we're eager to learn more about Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood and the changes it undergoes (or doesn't undergo!) en route to its July 26th arrival in theaters. Please take this opportunity to engage in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood discourse in the comments below. That seems to be a thing people are eager to do today.