Plot Details and Production Update for Quentin Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western DJANGO UNCHAINED

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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.

Deadline reports Tarantino has a “top-shelf” cast in mind for Django Unchained.  Depending on casting availability, production will start in late summer or fall.  The Weinstein Company will handle domestic distribution, and Tarantino is speaking with Universal, Warner Bros., Sony, and Paramount about co-financing and foreign distribution.  Universal is the best bet, hoping to continue their relationship with Tarantino after Inglourious Basterds earned the studio $193 million in international box office.

Since the title page leak, Deadline hears the studio and agency will work harder to keep the script under lock and key.  Notably, the original tweet by @AgentTrainee has been deleted.  But the script is out there, so we may receive more plot details in the near future as casting news starts to come in.

Fansite The Quentin Tarantino Archives suggest the film is also tied to the Takashi Miike movie Sukiyaki Western Django, which Tarantino acted in.  My guess is it’s more a titular link than anything thematic.  But this Django is unchained, so he could hop on a plane to shoot up Japan.


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  • dustin

    a little disappointing it’s not completely original, but either way it’s a new tarantino movie!

    • Angmal

      But I think it IS an original movie. There was a whole subgenre of western movies that had Django in the title even though they had absolutely nothing to do with the film ‘Django’. Film buff QT is obviously referencing this 60s/70s trend and that’s all. Casting Nero is probably just an affectionate/respectful tip of the hat.

  • Dogg

    Yeah, because all you need for a full auto machine gun is a bunch of holes in the front.

  • SPS

    And it has how many body counts??? Forgive me but, Jesus!

  • Josh

    God I hope not. I feel like the plot may be right but I can’t see him writing a sequel proper. Rather he’s probably doing something similar to “Inglourious Basterds” where he appropriated the title and basic concept and completely reworked it.

  • Bastardo

    This is going to be fucking incredible.

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  • danielplainview

    oh men, i sure hope Christoph has an entirely different role for this one. i didn’t like Sam Jackson on Jackie Brown(even though i love him in Pulp Fiction). and the character coming from another movie? couldn’t he just created an entirely new character. i’m not familiar with the DJANGO character, but i prefer an entirely new characters from Quentin.

    i still can’t wait for his HIS GIRL FRIDAY style rom/com. which i hope he does someday.

  • rocky

    OK, this sounds original to me. It doesn’t sound like the original Django nor the Sukiyaki Western Django.
    So outside of title I don’t see why anyone would think it’s a sequel or remake.
    And will this Django be a black man? We are talking slavery here. I understand it doesn’t have to be, I mean Quentin’s Basterds manage to kill Hitler afterall

  • Michael

    Looking at the top photo: “Is that a gatling gun, or are you just happy to see me?” :)

    • Amy

      That was the same prop gun that Ramon used to gun down some Mexican troops in Fistful of Dollars.

  • christophercantos

    this maybe off topic, but i just saw Boardwalk Empire season 1 this week(and finished it). i sure hopes Quentin decides to guest direct one episode(a season opener maybe?). i love all the episodes, but that Pilot by Scorsese was a knockout. it is noticeably better than the rest of the episodes(they’re very good episodes though). Scorsese won’t probably have another time to direct another episode, but QT has ALOT of time. after this DJANGO UNCHAINED movie, he should really try to reach out to HBO.

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