In my case it seems that exciting bits of news are like buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along. We all know that Quentin Tarantino shot Kill Bill as one long film and then split it in to, even if I’ve always found this hard to believe considering that the two films are quite different. Fans have been clamouring to see Kill Bill in its original form for years, and Tarantino sometimes mentions the possibility, but nothing happened until Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair was apperently cut together and shown once, at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles…and then again nothing happened.
However, Slashfilm tells us that Tarantino was asked about this at Comic-Con. He was on hand at the Dynamite Entertainment panel to talk up his forthcoming Django Unchained/Zorro crossover comic [that’s one I’ll be buying!], and, in response to a question about his Roaring Rampage Of Revenge, replied:
“What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well”.
Now this I can’t wait for considering the anime portion was one of my favourite bits of Kill Bill. I’ll certainly be attending a showing of this if I can – I reviewed the two seperate films not that long ago and, though hugely entertaining in places, found a great many flaws, but the whole thing deserves much respect for being the crazy sort of project nobody would even consider doing these days, and I really want to see Tarantino’s original conception so I can fully judge it.