[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies. These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years. Click here for my look back at the first Die Hard.]
There wasn’t a shred of doubt that after Die Hard became one of the biggest hits of 1988, a sequel wouldn’t be far behind. Two years later, Die Hard 2 (with the tagline “Die Harder”, although this is sometimes erroneously believed to be part of the title) opened and became one of the biggest hits of 1990. But the rush came with a lack of ingenuity, and Die Hard 2 is mostly a retread. Rather than focusing on John McClane (Bruce Willis) as the outsider, Die Hard 2 is about how he can’t catch a break. It has to be due to the chronological proximity to the first movie. However, while the sequel lacks originality, its biggest problem is misunderstanding the motives of McClane, and ignoring the conflict between his drive to do the right thing, and once again saving his wife.
New images have surfaced for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and they show off our first looks at co-stars Walton Goggins (The Shield) and Don Johnson (Miami Vice) in costume. Goggins stars as Billy Crash, a ruthless overseer of Cavin Candie’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) plantation and trainer for slaves who will be pitted against each other in a fight to the death. Johnson is expected to star in the film as Spencer Gordon Bennet, a fellow slave owner who encounters Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) whilst they are in pursuit of their bounty.
Django Unchained, also starring Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Franco Nero, opens in the U.S. on Christmas Day. Hit the jump to see the new images.
And so, with last night’s twitpic of the title page of Quentin Tarantino’s latest script, we’re off. The spaghetti western is indeed titled Django Unchained. Franco Nero first spoke about his attachment in February, so the project is surely tied to the character that Nero originated in 1966′s Django. A source who reportedly read the script sent Shadow and Act a plot synopsis that suggests Nero may be too Italian to play the title role:
“Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christoph 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.”
So “Unchained” is literal. That’s great! Thompson on Hollywood confirmed with agency WME that Waltz is on board; Nero indicated Keith Carradine and Treat Williams will also appear. Hit the jump for more production details.
There’ve been rumblings about Quentin Tarantino’s next project for a while now. He previously talked about doing “a Southern,” a film that would bring to surface all the slavery issues that Americans are none too fond of tackling. Then there was that spaghetti western with Franco Nero rumored to be starring. In that updated story, it was confirmed that Tarantino was in fact writing a western, and Christoph Waltz is one of the stars. Beyond that, nothing else was known. The script was due to be turned in to The Weinstein Company in two months, at which time we might know more. Well, that was February.
Today, we may have learned that the title of Tarantino’s next film may be Django Unchained. How did we learn this? If you remember that image of the title page for the Inglourious Basterds script, with Tarantino’s scribbled handwriting, what lies after the jump may look familiar. Hit the jump to see what I’m talking about. [Click here for an update on Django Unchaine, including plot details.]
Quentin Tarantino has left the world wondering how he would follow his masterful Inglourious Basterds. Would it be an adaptation of The Shadow? A medieval movie starring Helen Mirren? Tarantino said it wouldn’t be a prequel to Basterds or a sequel to Kill Bill. So what’s the genre-bending director up to? Italian actor Franco Nero (Django) may have spilled the beans to Movieplayer [via The Playlist]. Nero says:
“The film will be called The Angel, The Bad And The Wise and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot. We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino, Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy.”
However, this may not be entirely true. Hit the jump for more details on this mystery greatness and how Tarantino is reteaming with Christoph Waltz. [Update: New updates on this story after the jump.]
Opening May 14 is Summit Entertainment’s Letter’s To Juliet and it stars Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. Here’s the synopsis:
When a young American (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated from 1957, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love, which sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they have ever imagined.
We’ve been given 11 clips from the movie. Hit the jump to check them out: