Although the split of 'Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2' was a lucrative venture for Miramax, Quentin Tarantino's assassin's revenge tale was meant to be one uninterrupted, giant smorgasbord of pain. The unrated, uncut version of the film, 'Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair' -- which contains the two volumes, plus missing material from the U.S. and international versions, some of which was included in the Japanese release -- premiered at Cannes in 2006. One thing the festival's audience didn't get to see was an animated addition to the violent saga that takes place during O-Ren's revenge chapter.
AICN reported that for one week, New Beverly Cinema–goers will have the opportunity to catch 'Kill Bill' in all its glory, including the segment produced by Japanese anime studio, Production IG. If you dig anime, you've undoubtedly heard of these guys -- they worked on 'Ghost in the Shell' (watch after the jump) and other big titles. The studio's animated piece was created for the movie's original theatrical release in 2003, but after things got sliced in half it was left behind.
Tarantino talked about the missing segment in 2009, which has kept fans on the edge of their seats for some time now. "We've actually added some things to it. We did a whole little chapter that I wrote and designed for the animated sequence, that we never did, because we figured, back when it was gonna be one big movie, it was going to be too long, so we didn't do it," the director told the Quentin Tarantino Archives.
"So when we were talking about re-releasing it, they asked, is there anything you can put in, and I said no, I put everything in there. But ... there's one sequence that we wouldn't even have to shoot! So we got together with Production IG and did it, and it's really cool ..."
The California screening kicks off on March 27 -- check out New Beverly's site for further info. Could this mean news about a DVD/Blu-ray package is on the way soon?
UPDATE: Conflicting and confusing sources (not AICN!) got us overly excited for this news. The version that screened at Cannes is screening at the New Beverly (doesn't include the animation). That doesn't mean the animated footage won't turn up at some point.