Franco Nero Reprising Iconic Western Role in Sequel 'Django Lives'
Over many decades there have been nearly three dozen films that have used the recognizable western name of Django. The most recent came from Quentin Tarantino in the form of Django Unchained, but the original was released in 1966 and starred Franco Nero (who had a small cameo in Tarantino's film). Since then, there's only been one official sequel, Django Strikes Again in 1987, but there's about to be another. Point Blank Pictures has sent out a press release (via Twitch) announcing that they've secured the rights to Django, and they're bringing back Nero to star in a new sequel called Django Lives, and it sounds cool.
Joe D'Augustine (co-editor on four of Tarantino's films) will direct the film with a script from Eric Zaldivar and Mike Malloy that brings Django into 1915, where 's consulting on silent western motion pictures in Hollywood. But trouble brews when Django gets caught up with some racketeers and "all hell breaks loose." In addition, Nero will be joined by Noah Segan, who played the bumbling Kid Blue in Looper, and also "Sons of Anarchy" star Mark Boone Junior. The film will also be shot by Moonrise Kingdom cinematographer Robert Yeoman. But a female lead and villain still need to be found.
We're not sure just how soon this project will get off the ground, but producer and co-writer Mike Malloy says, "Over the decades there have been scores of quasi-related Django spin-offs, but Franco Nero has only reprised the iconic gunslinger a single time. So it was an occasion worth creating a special story for. And with Django Lives' subplot that concerns a newfound, unexpected nationwide celebrity for Django, the screenplay really examines fame, violence in fiction and authenticity in storytelling - and not just the standard themes of aging and fatalism that you usually have with an older tough-guy film." At least it sounds original and not just a retread of western stories we've seen before. Anyone interested?