New Plot Details & More for Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'
Yes, that's officially the title of Quentin Tarantino's new western - Django Unchained. The news about the title first hit over the weekend when the Tarantino Archives exclusively revealed the name along with another photo of the cover of the script. Just like the infamous Inglorious Basterds script that leaked early, this one has a hand-written title from Tarantino himself (I've added it to the photo of QT from Sukiyaki Western Django above). But that's not all, as many other sites went to town trying to get information and confirmation, and it looks like there's quite a bit of new details out there about Django Unchained. Read on!
We first got solid word that a western would be his next project back in February, and the report included names like Franco Nero (who played the original Django), Keith Carradine, Treat Williams and even Christoph Waltz as well. Well, first things first, Anne Thompson has confirmed that Waltz is definitely in the mix, and his character will "join up with former slave Django to save his wife from an evil plantation owner." Word is, from various sources, that this film is linked to Sergio Corbucci's original Django from 1966 and perhaps Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django, which Tarantino had a cameo in (see above). However, there's a short script review going around that sheds more light on its plot, without spoiling much.
Here's what an unnamed scooper sent to Sergio from Shadow and Act about Tarantino's Django Unchained:
"Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner. And that doesn't even half begin to cover it! This film deals with racism as I've rarely seen it handled in a Hollywood film. While it's 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it is pure genius in the way it takes on the evil slave owning south. Think of what he did with the Nazis in Inglorious and you'll get a sense of what he's doing with slave owners and slave overseers in this one."
Not only does that sounds intriguing, but it certainly sounds like it'll get quite a bit of buzz, like this quote from S&A: "Now I don't know about you, but that's one movie I'm standing in line to see RIGHT NOW! Though, of course, I wish it was a black director making this film, but I'll take it regardless of who makes it." Variety has also separately confirmed that The Weinstein Company will be developing and distributing the project, which is officially Tarantino's next film and will start shooting later this year. Deadline also confirms that the "project is moving very quickly" and that it will indeed be a "a spaghetti Western, that stylized and violent brand of films popularized by Sergio Leone and a few other directors in the 1960s."
I'm right there with Sergio, I can't wait for this. While the lead-up to its release may be a repeat of Basterds where the script hits early, yet buzz is good all the way through and it lives up to expectations, I'm still excited, as Tarantino has proven himself more than enough. This sounds very unique and still badass in the way only Tarantino knows how to deliver. Deadline says he'll be "casting top-shelf" which means we can only hope Samuel L. Jackson, or someone like that, lands the lead. Sergio says it won't be Tyler Perry or Terrance Howard, so that's a start. Now that word's out, we'll keep you guys updated on Django Unchained.