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Back in the Saddle Again: Tarantino's Next Gig Is Ready to Ride

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 1, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 1, 2011 |

Seems like no matter how outside Quentin Tarantino’s target audience I am (I’m the gal who covers her eyes when things get too violent), I just can’t stay away from his films. I’m still surprised by how much I loved Inglourious Basterds. After dealing with the Nazis in his unique way, Tarantino is ready to “shine a light on America’s horrible past with slavery.” But rather than taking on the subject in the form of a history lesson, the director wants to twist things up and spit them out as an adventure; a spaghetti western style film he calls “A Southern.”

Django Unchained will reunite Tarantino with Inglourious Basterds’ extraordinary, Christoph Waltz. Waltz has signed on to play a German bounty hunter who shares his skills and goes on a mission with freed slave, Django. The two men set out to find and liberate Djano’s wife, still being held in servitude under an evil plantation owner. The story is said to be inspired by the 1966 Italian film, Django (there are rumors that star, Franco Nero is also attached), Sukiyaki Western Django (in which Tarantino made an appearance) and even Elmore Leonard’s 40 Lashes Less One.

Over at Shadow and Act, Sergio speculates over actors and comes to the correct conclusion that “Luther’s” Idris Elba would be perfect in the lead role—I think we all need to put that thought out to Godtopus before going to sleep each night.


Tarantino is said to have turned in his first draft of the Django Unchained script and hopes to begin production late summer or early fall.

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