Story by: Jack Foley
QUENTIN Tarantino's hugely-anticipated martial arts epic, Kill
Bill, is to be divided into two films, according to Variety.
The film, starring Uma Thurman as a female assassin, is to be
released as two separate 90-minute movies because a completed
version of the whole film weighs in at three hours - which could
spell Box Office disaster.
Miramax has decided to divide the film amid fears of lost ticket
The first part will be released, as planned, in the US on October
10, and in the UK two weeks later, on October 24.
Kill Bill is a samurai revenge film, inspired in part by the
kung fu movies of the 1970s.
Thurman's character, The Bride, survives an attempt on her life
on her wedding day and, after spending five years in a coma, sets
out for vengeance.
According to the Screen Daily film industry website, the films
will be released within a couple of months of one another, and
subtitled Volume 1 and Volume 2, although owing to the busy Fall
diary, the second part may have to be delayed until early 2004.
The news may come as a blow to Tarantino fans, who have been
chomping at the bit to see Kill Bill since the release of its
breathtaking trailer earlier this year.
The film, which is supposed to be mega-violent (as all Tarantino
films are), includes fight scenes that have been choreographed
by the man responsible for Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon (see preview for more details).
In fact, the gore will be so widespread that, according to co-star
Lucy Liu, 'people will either leave the movie theater or get sick
In fact, Tarantino is so adamant that the film has to be realistically
violent, that he has insisted on getting the colour of the Samurai
blood right, and is rumoured to be filming localised versions
for the Asian market, which are longer and bloodier than the US
censors will allow.