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Thursday, 9 July 2009

Inglourious Basterds will be 1 minute longer and there may be sequels and prequels.

Inglourious Basterds is almost with us, but not after a little bit of tweaking in the editing room.

Eli Roth who plays Bear Jew in the film told MovieWeb that the film was going to be five to six minutes longer than the version that played at Cannes.

He also hinted that Quentin Tarantino has already planned, not only a sequel, but also a prequel that would reunite Bear Jew with Brad Pitt's Lt. Aldo Raine.

This is what Roth had to say about the new length of the theatrical version:
After Cannes, Quentin always said that he wanted to do some cutting, and pruning, and that he was going to be changing things. There was a lot of stuff left out before. He felt that he had over cut. There were certain scenes that were taken out for Cannes that will come back into the final version. Because it plays better like that. I think the final version of the film is five or six minutes longer than the version shown in Cannes. From what Quentin has told me, he has fleshed it out a little bit more. Cannes running length was at two hours and twenty-five minutes. I think this is a little over two hours and thirty minutes. Something close to that.
Quentin Tarantino has since said that the new cut is only a minute long, but that does help the film flow a little better. He spoke to BFDealMemo. "The movie is actually a minute longer, in running time, than it was in Cannes. It was 2:28, without end credits, and now it's 2:29, or 2:32 with end credits." That means it is now 149 minutes.

Roth also spoke about a possible sequel/prequel
Quentin has an entire universe planned out for Inglourious Basterds. With Aldo and Donny in Italy with a troop of black soliders. He has a whole prequel planned, and most of it is written. If the movie does well, he will make the prequel. I want to see a prequel. Both Brad and I want to be in it. Brad and I were in Cannes screaming, "Prequel, prequel, prequel!" He even has two sequels planned. He's not necessarily going to make these movies. But he has at least four our five stories centering on these characters that span through the fifties and sixties. He knows exactly where these characters are going. He has this whole universe mapped out in his head.
I can't wait to see this film. Just got to wait until 21st August.

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