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Reel World: 7/18/03

Friday, July 18, 2003


Quentin Tarantino's upcoming martial-arts action-adventure "Kill Bill" is so long that Miramax has now decided to release it in two parts, reports The New York Times.

Harvey Weinstein, a co-founder of Miramax, which is financing the film, said this week that the first installment would be in theaters Oct. 10. The second release date is still being negotiated, but it could be two to six months later, he said.

To many in Hollywood, the decision will come as a surprise. Weinstein, who in Hollywood is known as "Harvey Scissorhands," after the title character in the movie "Edward Scissorhands," has a reputation for forcing directors to cut both costs and the lengths of their movies. Tarantino spent 155 days shooting the film, well more than planned and longer than usual for most films.

But Tarantino is a special case. The popularity of his 1994 film "Pulp Fiction" helped put Miramax on the map and generated an abundance of cash to help the studio bankroll other movies.

"Miramax is the house Quentin Tarantino built," Weinstein said.

-- Knight-Ridder

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