International Rights for Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED Go to Sony in Effort to Get Will Smith to Star

     May 9, 2011


The Weinstein Company and Quentin Tarantino have selected Sony Pictures to internationally distribute Django Unchained.  While Universal, which handled foreign distribution for Inglourious Basterds, lobbied hard for the film, sources tell Deadline that the movie went to Sony in an effort to sign Will Smith to the lead role.  Smith has a long history with the studio dating back to 1997′s Men in Black, and as we reported on Friday, Tarantino has offered Smith the role of slave-turned-bounty-hunter Django.  The project is being billed as a “Southern”, taking the tropes of a Western and transplanting them to the American south as an attempt to look at the region’s ugly history of racism and slavery.

The role would certainly be a far cry from Smith’s upcoming film, Men in Black III, and a huge risk for the actor, but it would be unlike anything else he’s ever done in his career.  If Smith signs on, he’ll join Christoph Waltz who plays a German bounty hunter that trains Django and assists him in his quest to free his enslaved wife from a plantation owner.

  • Jesus

    Will Smith in a Quentin Tarantino movie? That’s just crazy enough to work. I’m not sure what the Tarantino-an equivalent of “Aw Hell no” is though.

    • Wolstenholme

      It’s; “Nigga please”…you know how much Quentin loves that word.

  • DarthDan

    I’m uncomfortable reading the synopsis, and that to me means that this movie will be epic… Truly epic

    • Wolstenholme

      If you’re uncomfortable reading the synopis that tells me you’re a pussy with a weak stomach

      • Wladi

        hahahaha…nice one… =D

  • Austin H.

    I just can’t see Will Smith going through with it and starring in this one. I could be wrong though. I don’t really like the idea very much.

  • JLC

    I recall reading a long time ago that Will Smith promised his grandmother he wouldn’t resort to racial slurs during his rap career. Portraying a character in a movie is different, of course, but QT’s use of slurs can get borderline-gratuitous. Maybe in a historical context, it will be different. I definitely couldn’t see Will Smith in a Pulp Fiction.

    • DarthDan

      Agreed, but I could totally see Sammuel L Jackson killing this role!

    • Wolstenholme

      Borderline gratuitous racial slurs are just the way I like it

  • Ben Queensley

    I wish that Will Smith would do more movies. When Men in Black III comes out in 2012, it will be his first major starring role in four years even though he has many projects in various stages of development:

    Untitled Lana and Andy Wachowski Project

    Wheeler Dealers

    Independence Day 3

    Uptown Saturday Night



    It Takes a Thief

    Welcome to the Sticks

    Extra Protection

    Monster Hunter

    The Karate Kid 2

    One Thousand A.E.

    Time Share

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Untitled I Am Legend Prequel

    Untitled Dr. S. Allen Counter Project


    The Last Pharaoh

    Independence Day 2

    The Legend of Cain

    Flowers for Algernon

    Hancock 2


    Monster Witness Relocation Program

    What Would Kenny Do?

    The Billionaire’s Vinegar

    Newton’s Law

    I, Robot 2

    Sisters of Mercy


    The City That Sailed

    Bad Boys 3



    My Wife Hates Your Wife

    The Long Run

    The American Can

    Paper Wings

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