Directors have already been talking about taking their craft to this cable-style miniseries format because it allows them to spread a story out into many one-hour segments instead of condensing the whole thing into a two-hour movie. In The Hollywood Reporter's recent interview with some of the greatest modern directors, after Quentin Tarantino said that he thinks he'll eventually stop making films to write, he continued:
If I'm going to do TV in public, I'd rather just write one of my big scripts and do it as a miniseries for HBO, and then I don't have the time pressure that I'm always under, and I get to actually use all of the script.
I always write these huge scripts that I have to kind of - my scripts aren't like blueprints. They're not novels, but they're novels written with script format. And so I'm adapting the script into a movie every day.
The one movie that I was actually able to use everything - where you actually have the entire breadth of what I spent a year writing - was the two Kill Bill movies because it's two movies. So if I'm gonna do another big epic thing again, it'll probably be like a 6-hour miniseries or something.
(The Directors via The Hollywood Reporter, quote at 32:39)Now with the dawn of Netflix streaming original content to the growing online-only audience, the thought of Tarantino (or any of the other directors present for his statement: David. O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Ben Affleck (Argo), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Gus Van Sant (Promised Land)) directing a similar miniseries online is titillating to say the least.
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