Quentin Tarantino has finally completed principal photography on his latest feature, Django Unchained, merely months before the film is scheduled to be released. Producer Stacey Sher announced the news on her Facebook page, noting that filming lasted 126 days (or 130, apparently depending on who’s counting) and took place in Simi Valley, California, Wyoming’s frozen Grand Tetons, the Alabama Hills in California, and “the swamps and plantations” of New Orleans.
Though some may be worried that QT only has a short amount of time to put the film together before it hits theaters, it’s common for productions to simultaneously edit footage while filming is still taking place. Hit the jump for more, including Sher’s full statement on the production wrap.
Of note is the fact that Django Unchained will be Tarantino’s first film without longtime editor Sally Menke. Truly a master in her field, Menke edited every single one of Tarantino’s features before she sadly passed away suddenly during a heat wave last year. In her stead, Tarantino has been working with Fred Raskin, who edited Fast Five and worked as an assistant editor on both Kill Bill films and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Punch-Drunk Love.
For those unaware, the film takes place in the antebellum South and centers Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who goes to find his wife (Kerry Washington) by teaming up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). Their search leads them to “Candieland”, the plantation of the cruel and vicious Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The footage we’ve seen so far has been fantastic, and I was physically giddy after the sizzle reel Tarantino showed us at Comic-Con. The film looks to have that distinct Tarantino sensibility, and I really think we’re in for a treat come December 25th.
Read Sher’s full statement below (via Thompson on Hollywood):
Well, we did it! At 1:23 AM, we wrapped up the extraordinary journey that has been the filming of Django Unchained. 126 (or 130 depending on who is doing the counting) of challenging, magical, incredible adventures from Simi Valley, to the Alabama Hills, to the frozen Grand Tetons, to the swamps and plantations of New Orleans and back to Simi Valley once again! It has been an honor to go on this epic journey with the greatest partners: My fellow producers, the unbelievably brilliant cast, the most inspiring and hardworking crew (not to mention the most fun) all brought together by the genius and imagination of QT! Post Production here we come! Django, we will never forget you.