Miramax Films, a major player in distributing independent movies, is taking the unusual step of splitting a new movie from director Quentin Tarantino into two parts and releasing each as separate films, a studio spokesman said on Wednesday.
“The idea was thought of when the script was in development and after seeing the (film) footage, it made sense,” said the spokesman.
The movie, called “Kill Bill,” is the first from the critically acclaimed director since 1997’s “Jackie Brown,” and has been widely anticipated by his fans.
But with preliminary versions running at three hours, it was almost twice as long as a normal movie, meaning theaters would have fewer screenings in a day and risk losing ticket sales.
The movie is about a female assassin, played by Uma Thurman, who survives an attempt on her life.