quentin tarantinoEver since "Kill Bill: Volume 1" and "Kill Bill: Volume 2" hit theaters in 2003 and 2004, respectively, fans of the bloody Quentin Tarantino martial arts epic have wondered when -- or if -- the director would cut the films together and release them as a whole unit. While Tarantino did once do just that, screening "Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair" at a theater in Los Angeles in 2011, there hasn't been much talk since of releasing it again into theaters -- until now.

At a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Tarantino was asked about "The Whole Bloody Affair," and offered some hope that audiences may still get a chance to see Uma Thurman's The Bride wreak havoc on screen in one, long epic. Here's what he had to say about the project, according to Slash Film:

What's going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy... The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can't do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can't have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair - they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It's really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.

So that's not a definite yes, but certainly offers a glimmer of hope.

One Slash Film critic, who's seen the finished product, promises that "it's so much more than just watching the two movies back-to-back." Cross your fingers, Tarantino fans, that 2015 brings you the "Bloody Affair" you've always wanted.

[via Slash Film, h/t The Playlist]

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