I didn’t see this coming. What a wonderful surprise…
Quentin Tarantino appears to have just completed the latest draft of his latest screenplay, and has sent it out into the industry circuit of agents and actors.
Another script from Tarantino, another hand written cover page. And notice how recently this draft was completed?
If you know your Spaghetti Westerns, you’ll know what the big shocker is – this seems to be a new film in the Django series.
The character of Django was introduced in Sergio Corbucci‘s 1966 film of the same name. It gave Franco Nero his first lead role, as the iconic title character, and is undoubtedly one of the most memorable, and inventive of Westerns, not least Spaghetti Westerns. It’s also a film of uncommon brutality and dirty, scruff of the neck visceral roughness.
There have actually been dozens of Django films, much as with Tarzan or Ermmanuelle, though very few* are actual official sequels, with Nero in the role. So – will Tarantino’s film be part of the “real” series or not?
There’s some evidence in the Yes column, not least that Franco Nero claimed that he’s going to be working with the director soon. Meanwhile, there’s also evidence in the No column, including a pretty solid wodge of fresh info from Shadow and Act.
They’ve spoken with a source who has read the script, and here’s their summary:
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christopher Waltz the evil Nazi officer in Inglorious Basterds) 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. And that doesn’t even half begin to cover it! This film deals with racism as I’ve rarely seen it handled in a Hollywood film. While it’s 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it is pure genius in the way it takes on the evil slave owning south. Think of what he did with the Nazis in Inglorious and you’ll get a sense of what he’s doing with slave owners and slave overseers in this one.
Sounds like this is Django the icon, not the man, and a new character is going to take up the mantle.
UPDATE: Or perhaps they culled that comment from a forum, because that’s exactly what they did. That suggests a real need for some salt. At the same time, their Indiewire colleague Anne Thompson has verified the title and the casting of Christoph Waltz with Tarantino’s agency, WME.
Nothing is entirely clear yet. Stay tuned for more as the info comes in – and if you happen to have a copy of the script, I’d love to read it, so please get in touch.
*One, as far as I know, but correct me if I’m wrong.