The Weinstein Company and famed director Quentin Tarantino may team up once again to release the director’s cut of their iconic ‘Kill Bill’ series. When writing the original screenplay, prior to the first volume’s release in 2003, Tarantino had intended for the film to be released as a four-hour gory epic, including a 30-minute anime sequence and unfiltered violence. This vision had to be revised when the production company decided that they didn’t want to release a film of that length and needed to keep its maturity rating at a lower level.
Now, more than ten years after ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1’ released, Tarantino made a statement at Comic-Con claiming the studio is hoping to release an un-cut version of the film sometime in 2015. “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,” he said at the panel for a crossover comic between Zorro and Django Unchained.
If ‘Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair’ is released next year, it will mark the first time the film has been seen by an audience apart from a screening at the New Beverly in 2011. This director’s cut of the film will relay the back-story of Lucy Liu’s character O’Ren Ishii through a 30-minute anime sequence, and will feature a full color fight between The Bride and The Crazy 88 (which had to be made to black and white when first released to keep the film’s ratings at bay).
The plot itself revolves around ‘The Bride’, a character played by Uma Thurman and whose actual name, Beatrix Kiddo, is not revealed until the second volume. Kiddo leaves her former team of assassins (The Deadly Viper Assassin Squad) and their ruthless leader Bill to pursue a more peaceful life with her soon-to-be-born daughter. The squad shows up at her wedding with instructions from Bill to kill Kiddo, resulting in her being buried alive. Kiddo survives the assassination attempt and sets off on a vengeful mission to Kill Bill.
Both volumes released to positive critical acclaim and grossed a combined total of around $330 million.