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May 2, 2011
Source: Tarantino.info, indieWIRE

Quentin Tarantino - 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.

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Reader Feedback - 39 Comments

1

This will be awesome!

Xerxexx on May 2, 2011

2

I nominate Chiwetel Ejiofor for the role of Django.

Craig on May 2, 2011

3

I would love to see where his career could go with a powerful performance in a Tarantino movie under his belt.

MegaMan3k on May 2, 2011

4

Ooooh now THAT I'd love to see, too! Make it so, Tarantino! Big fan of "Chewie", one of my favorite actors, I interviewed him years ago: http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/interview-chiwetel-ejiofor-on-redbelt-serenity-and-watchmen/

Alex Billington on May 2, 2011

5

I agree. Great choice man. Loved him in Children of Men.

Dan W on May 2, 2011

6

Django (1966) is definetly one of the best spaghetti westerns in my opinion... the guy dragging a coffin around, the gattling gun scene and then the final cemetry bit where...well you gotta see it πŸ™‚ I'm glad Tarantino likes it too πŸ™‚

Anonymous on May 2, 2011

7

Man, god bless Tarantino, this movie is going to be amazing, i always knew he would one day make a western/spagetti western because im a big fan of him and i know that his one of his major favorite directors is sergio leone and his favorite most inspirational film is the dollars trilogy ! so yeah it was only a matter of time for him to do a western. after this its going to be kill bill 3 ! πŸ™‚ okay oscars, lets get this right, quentin better win his oscar soon

Rey on May 2, 2011

8

He already won an oscar for pulp fiction...

Josh on May 2, 2011

9

im talking about best director... -_- , trust me i know he already won an oscar for best original screenplay with Roger Avary, but he deserves best director.

Rey on May 3, 2011

10

django is a white guy dude! ask franco nero and terence hill they played the role goddamn tarantino will ruin it...and no im not a racist but leave some roles alone with that shit

Bla on May 2, 2011

11

Racist?? how?

Silencio! on May 2, 2011

12

Looking good, also looking forward to that martial arts project with Eli Roth and RZA!

David Perretta on May 2, 2011

13

hell yeeaah!! same here πŸ˜€

Rey on May 3, 2011

14

a black director??? why? you sound like fucking Spike Lee having a whinge over Michael Mann directing Ali.

Silencio! on May 2, 2011

15

Wha? Are you referring to the quote I included? I suggest visiting that site, it makes sense: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/archives/whos_going_to_star_in_quentin_tarantinos_black_western/#

Alex Billington on May 2, 2011

16

Humminahumminahummina... AWESOME!

JUDASBARRONX1 on May 2, 2011

17

Wonderful news, Tarantino is an absolute genius! I wonder how he'll integrate a German bounty hunter into the story in the deep South... You just know that he's dying to work with Waltz again, however, I'm sure he'll fit him into the story in a way that doesn't make it look like he's there just for the sake of it!! I reckon Chiwetel Ejiofor would be great for this, I'm also thinking Anthony Mackie, brilliant actor... Wasn't there a rumour that Eddie Murphy was linked to Inglourious Basterds a few years ago... maybe this could be his revival, that would be awesome!!

kinks! on May 2, 2011

18

I hope this hits in 2012. Because then I'd get the final batman, the avengers, and this before the end of the world.

Moon on May 2, 2011

19

I don't like the fact that tarantino borrows the name and lead protagonist from other movies

Andresfsanc on May 2, 2011

20

Seriously. If it was any other director they would be getting so much backlash. But with QT-- it seems like he's given everything he wants.

Cracky on May 2, 2011

21

i can only think of either Idris Elba or Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Rockfeller111 on May 2, 2011

22

hmm, pretty interesting choices, i would choose samuel l jacksom beacuse i mean cmon thats always a bad ass combination quentin/sam jackson, but he seems to old for the role of django. but still will be sick if he has a supporting role

Rey on May 3, 2011

23

Isaach de Bankole as Django. Fuck me, that would be stellar.

Cracky on May 2, 2011

24

Please please please have Ennio Morricone score this!!!!!

Monster Mash on May 2, 2011

25

YES YES YES, Ennio Morricone has to score this, that would be absolutely EPIC

Rey on May 3, 2011

26

This sounds amazing! I'm taking a class on Civil War and Reconstruction and slaves and slave owners are a big part of the course so my interest is already peaked by the subject. I love that we are going to see some brutal payback coming from black slaves in a Hollywood film. If I heard this coming from another director I'd be worried as to how it would turn out, but with Tarantino doing it I'm completely on board. Bring on the EPIC REVENGE!

Dan W on May 2, 2011

27

In addition to Samuel L. Jackson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba. I was also thinking of Djimon Hounsou and Ving Rhames.

Rob Anthony on May 2, 2011

28

In addition to Samuel L. Jackson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba. I was also thinking of Djimon Hounsou and Ving Rhames.

Rob Anthony on May 2, 2011

29

Well, Quentin Tarantino and spaghetti westerns. Throw them in a blender and make a perfect filmmaking smoothie.

IceFilm on May 2, 2011

30

Inglorious was great and this will hopefully be more of the same, except maybe a little less dialogue and a bit more action. I don't think anyone would've complained if we'd seen more of the Basterds' at work. Love to see a movie solely about them.

Quazzimotto on May 2, 2011

31

Tarantino has such a unique and definitive style that he could pretty much come up with anything and pull it off masterfully. His love of film comes through in everything he does, gotta love the guy. and for the record, I think Inglourius Basterds was pretty much a spaghetti western/war mission flic...I mean, it even uses the title of "Once upon a time in occupied france" a direct ref to Leones "once upon a time in..." series..

Lando on May 2, 2011

32

Michael Ealy as Django.

Zac917 on May 3, 2011

33

Throw Tom Cruise in the mix. Put him in a good acting role, something different.

Face on May 3, 2011

34

Tarantino seems to be the only one who gets a pass recycling other movies.

Anonymous on May 3, 2011

35

If what you end up with s a good movie, I don't see why it's a problem. Most movies are just rehashing the same tired shit over and over. QT does two things really well: Takes older ideas and adds his own spin, and writes stories that have varied and interesting characters who are well fleshed out and seem to have history beyond the movie. Having good characters is probably the most important aspect of a film, since an interesting character can keep you involved in even a mediocre plot, and QT's characters are just so damn great to watch. That's why he's so huge. It has nothing to do with his crazy dialogue or his violence or crazy back-and-forth editing. It's his characters that have made his films so popular and memorable.

Anonymous on May 3, 2011

36

Nailed it!

Shane on May 3, 2011

37

+1 to Chiwetel for the main role, but if QT decides to help an up-and-coming actor hit the big time, he couldn't do better than Isaach De BankolΓ©. Watch "The Limits of Control" or "White Material". The guy's got that steely calm tension that made Clint Eastwood so awesome in those old westerns. That sort of character would fit right into a QT western, me thinks. He's been in a lot of big movies, but always in small supporting roles, or major roles in smaller indy flicks. The guy is a supreme badass and would fit perfectly into the described role.

Anonymous on May 3, 2011

38

tom cruise as a evil plantage owner...epic!!!

Bla on May 3, 2011

39

Rosewood-ish, but i wouldn't mind Ving. He could pull it off as a seasoned bounty hunter.... That said I'd like to see Black Dynamite in the cowboy role.

Anonymous on May 3, 2011

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