Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino’s next film will be a Western, in news that should delight all lovers of the genre.
Tarantino will both write and direct the film, which will be titled Django Unchained. Like the Tarantino-produced Japanese spaghetti Western homage Western Sukiyaki Django, Django Unchained is expected to be partly based on the 1966 Django, directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero.
The infamously violent Western starred Nero as the eponymous Django, a drifter who dragged a coffin everywhere with a machine gun inside. Nero has said he will be in the film himself, but whether he will reprise the role or simply appear as a minor character is unclear.
News of Tarantino’s film was first leaked with the working title ‘A Southern’, but the front page of the finished script was leaked last week, marked as completed on April 26. Plot details are scarce, but Christoph Waltz, whose powerhouse performance as SS Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds shot him to stardom, has reportedly been cast as a German bounty hunter who teams with an escaped slave to rescue the slave’s former wife from a Southern plantation.
More solid production information from Deadline says the film is casting quickly and will shoot before the end of the year.
Tarantino is well-known for his love for disregarded and underappreciated genres, and particularly for the post-Leone Westerns of the ’60s and ’70s. Although it’s never wise to get too excited about a project from such scant details, in this case some enthusiasm could be excused.