Franco Nero Reprising Iconic Western Role in Sequel 'Django Lives'

January 13, 2014
Source: Twitch


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?

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  • Chris Groves does sound rather interesting. Maybe I'll have to go back and watch the first two Nero Django films.
  • Cal J.
    This sounds good. Franco Nero is just too cool. Great screen presence like Eastwood, Robert Shaw, Charles Bronson, & Yul Brynner. Hope this works out.
  • Damon King
    Okay it sounds interesting but I feel like this should have been a film made years ago considering when the last official film was released. Plus isn't it going to get a bit confusing towards the audience considering Tarantino made a film called Django Unchained a while back? Because you know there are going to be those few people thinking it's a sequel to Tarantino's film. I am really interested in how this all plays out.
    • Brian Sleider
      Western Buffs should not get confused, general audiences probably will.
    • grimjob
      You're right, but also consider that this probably won't be as high profile or have as wide a release as Tarantino's. But yes, people will get confused.
    • Gohikeone
      I think they are *counting* on audiences being confused and thinking this is related to Tarantino...counting all the way to the bank.
  • grimjob
    Pretty damn excited!
  • TheOct8pus
    Finally! Somebody gave Franco Nero a job!!
  • Mark_Garcia1955
    Damn skippy! The buzz surrounding this is exciting. I hope this actually happens. I had heard about it last year but nothing else til recently. facebook page is below.




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