Quentin Tarantino Is Directing A ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Spin-Off For TV

There’s been much talk surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s ‘retirement’ and ‘final projects.’ But before any of that can come into fruition, the cinematic auteur has decided to channel his efforts into directing a Once Upon A Time In Hollywood spin-off for television – more specifically, the Bounty Law series of which Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton character stars in.

“As far as the Bounty Law shows, I want to do that, but it will take me a year and a half,” says Tarantino to Deadline.

“I ended up watching a bunch of Wanted, Dead or Alive, and The Rifleman, and Tales of Wells Fargo, these half-hour shows to get in the mindset of Bounty Law… I liked them before, but I got really into them. The concept of telling a dramatic story in half an hour. You watch and think, ‘Wow, there’s a helluva lot of storytelling going on in twenty-two minutes.”

According to Tarantino himself, this fascination with the classic serialised format compelled him to no end. And as a result, the writer/director ended up drafting a total of five half-hour episodes (so far, that is, no doubt there will be more to come).

Tarantino also wanted to be clear on the would-be show’s overall creative direction. Explicitly stating that it would not be a story of Rick Dalton playing the gunslinger, Jake Cahill; rather a story about Jake Cahill alone. Which we’ll take as a confirmation that DiCaprio is returning (if we all wish hard enough it’ll come true, that’s just science).

In terms of other Once Upon A Time In Hollywood content we can expect in the near future, there have been reports of the film’s full four-hour cut being released “maybe in a year’s time.” So perhaps we’ll be treated to a longer edit of satisfying hippie carnage.

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