Comic Con 2015: Quentin Tarantino signals move into television with plans for 'three miniseries'

The Oscar-winner behind Kill Bill looks set to join Woody Allen and Oliver Stone by directing for the small screen

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Quentin Tarantino looks set to become the latest Hollywood bigwig to remove his talents from the increasingly beleaguered film industry and turn instead to television.

During an appearance at Comic Con in San Diego where he was promoting his new western The Hateful Eight, the director suggested he might change his much-discussed “ten movies and done” retirement plan to include “ten movies and three miniseries”.

His apparently jokey remarks were greeted by shouts of “Do it!” from the audience to which the legendary ultraviolent film director replied: “My scripts get cut down anyway. If I write a script and it is eight hours long, then we’ll be all good.”

The Django Unchained creator’s apparent disillusionment with the current state of the film industry was apparent in comments he made concerning the increased prevalence of all-digital shooting and projection.

He claims to be “not a fan of digital projection” and is a keen exponent of the bygone 70mm format his new western will be projected in, according to remarks reported in Vulture.

“Maybe I should just move to TV,” Tarantino said, meaning that if all-digital production and projection becomes the norm in Hollywood he might as well be working for HBO.

However, plans for his miniseries are unlikely to be formalised until after he has finished another western to follow Django and The Hateful Eight (“You have to make at least three westerns to call yourself a westerns director”) and he also teased plans for another Kill Bill movie.

“Never say never when it comes to Kill Bill 3,” he said. “Uma would like to do it.”

The Hateful Eight is number 9 of Tarantino's films so far, so if another western is definitely in the bag then, who knows, perhaps Kill Bill 3 will be made for television?

Actors and directors from Hollywood are increasingly turning to the small screen among an apparent Golden Era of television dramas from Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad to True Detective.

Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro helmed a TV series called The Strain; while Oliver Stone made The Untold History of the United States for Showtime; and Steven Soderbergh teamed up with Clive Owen to make a 10-hour period drama called The Knick.

Woody Allen is currently making a miniseries for streaming service Netflix; and David Lynch has returned to television to make another series of Twin Peaks 25 years after the drama aired.

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