Screenplay Finished For Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film: ‘Django Unchained’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated November 28th, 2012 at 9:37 pm,

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Two months ago, Franco Nero – perhaps best known in America for his role as General Esperanza in Die Hard 2 (Yippi-kay-yay, Mr. Falcon!) – announced that he’d been cast in a new western film to be written/directed by Quentin Tarantino, co-starring Academy-Award-winning Christopher Waltz.

Now, according to the WME, Quentin Tarantino’s agency, Tarantino has officially turned in his script for Django Unchained to the Weinstein company. Agenttrainee also tweeted a photograph of the cover of Unchained, more than a little bit reminiscent of Tarantino’s famously hand-written Inglourious Basterds screenplay cover.

For those not previously aware, Django is an incredibly influential 1966 spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero in the titular role. Django‘s fingerprints have been felt on many films and TV shows since its release nearly fifty years ago, including Star Wars (Jango Fett), TrigunSukiyaki Western Django (directed by Takashi Miike, co-starring Quentin Tarantino), and even more recently in the animated film Rango.

There are only two official Django movies that starred Franco Nero, the first, and then Django Strikes Again (1987), but there are other “unofficial” sequels as well. It’s currently unclear if Django Unchained will be a a direct sequel or something else entirely.

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Check out the the tweeted picture of Tarantino’s screenplay cover below (click to enlarge):

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Check out a scan of the cover, courtesy of The Quentin Tarantino Archives, below (click to enlarge):

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And check out the trailer for the original (ridiculously dubbed) Django below:

According to a source via Indiewire blog Shadow and Act – though the validity of the source has already been called into question – the plot of Django Unchained is as follows:

“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.”

Whether true or not, it certainly seems plausible. The word “unchained” denotes that the lead character – in this case, Django – has been freed. If this indeed turns out to be the real deal, this would make Django Unchained a sort of reboot of the Django series, or maybe even just a thematic follow-up. If Franco Nero appears in the film, as he claimed he would, it’ll likely be as someone other than Django. The summary also sounds quite a bit like Quentin Tarantino’s previous outing, Inglourious Basterds, but instead of various Jewish persons (and especially the Basterds) wreaking vengeance upon the Nazis and Hitler, we’ll be seeing the ex-slave Django wreaking vengeance upon various slave owners.

Which, if I’m being honest, sound pretty badass to me.

But what do you think? Would you be as interested as I am in seeing a black Western revenge film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino? Drop us a line in the comments, and keep your eye on the main page for more Django Unchained news.

Follow me on twitter @benandrewmoore.

Sources: Shadow and Act, The Quentin Tarantino Archives, Thompson On Hollywood [via Bleeding Cool]

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  1. sounds good, but personally, i think they should change the title to someting else and not “Django Unchained”. it just sounds off to me

    • unchained is most likely because he was a slave and he has been freed, so it makes sense, but i understand what you mean when you say that…

    • the best for the movie is Simply “Django”

  2. I hope it gets made.

    • It will. Tarantino writes something it gets made period

  3. Quentin Tarantino: check. Christoph Waltz: check. Quentin Tarantino + Christoph Waltz = check and super WIN.

  4. It sounds like this will be Kill Bill done in the wild west, which Im not saying that is a bad thing, GTA/wild west was great (Red Dead Redemption)… Definitly looking forward to this…

  5. If Tarantino is writing and directing a film, I’m seeing it!

  6. So is the main character black based off that synopsis? Cause he wasn’t in the Nero movie. I’m confused. Can someone clarify?

    • Yes, this is why I speculated that the film is either a reboot or a thematic follow-up. Unless the synopsis turns out to be made-up or inaccurate, in which case — who knows?

      • Thank you very much.

  7. I will watch anything Tarantino creates.

  8. Anything by Tarantino is a welcome thought. However, I hope he stays away from the “exploitation” style. As much as I wanted to like Grind house and the subsequent films, I just cant get into that style filmmaking. I love his older genre flicks like Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown etc.. But, the clicks, pops and mono are best left in the 70′s and on BETA. “I’m glad I made you feel like a real woman. Very glad. I mean that.” LMFAO

  9. I know I’ll probably get reemed for saying this but I don’t care. I hope this film is nothing like the Inglorious Basterds because IMHO it was by far Tarantino’s worst film, I mean the Basterds only had three Nazi killing scenes in the entire movie and plus the thing that really pissed me off was the “Bear Jew” who only had one Nazi Bashing scene in the entire movie after they hyped him up so much. To me the movie was just a big let down except for the brutal Hitler face off blasting. so I hope this one is more along the lines of the Kill Bills

  10. Samuel L Jackson as Django?

  11. you might as well say morgan freeman… too old. that’d be crazy if will smith did a tarentino film

  12. This is excellent and exciting news. In an industry of increasingly CGI-driven and/or dumb-as-rocks dross, Quentin Tarantino is still one of the ‘real’ last filmmakers around. With all the sequel/prequel/reboot/remakes being churned out by Hollyweird studios- although a very few are actually worth watching- Tarantino still makes real movies that will be watched years from now, and the best thing is, he hasn’t got all pretentious and self-important (unlike James Cameron), and still genuinely loves what he does. Hope this is released sometime next year, it’s going to be one hell of a year for movies in 2012 (it’s just a shame George Lucas didn’t tap Tarantino to do the ‘Star Wars’ prequels, can you imagine!?)…

  13. I’m definitely in!

  14. (Spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen Django which may lead to some more spoilers of Django Unchained maybe.)

    I’m certain this is not a reboot of the original Django but it may take place within those original film’s universe. Reasons being the original Django took place after the civil war in the far west in which Django (a former Union Soldier?/Soldier of Fortune/Gun Runner) is looking to avenge the murder of his wife at the hands of former Confederate soldiers turned KKK members.

    In the original Dango’s dead wife is Mexican, so we can assume that maybe at some point she was slave in the South and the events we see in Django Unchained are going to explain how Django’s wife died and how Django became a ruthless gun runner. We might also see where he got that gatling gun and coffin he’s famous for. It also makes sense that a Django prequel would take place during the time of slaves and plantation owners as the events leading up to original took place in or around that time.

    There are some things that don’t match with the original Django though. As you can see the original Django was white, his wife was Mexican, and just be reading these few details about Django Unchained, it sounds like Django and his wife are both going to be black. Also the way Django conducted himself in the original film, I find it hard to believe he was a slave at some point (especially because of the whole white thing.)

    Sukiyaki Western Django I would very much call a reboot, eventhough it called itself a prequel, because the story was pretty much a remake of the original just done in a different style of film. Django Unchained very much sounds like a prequel rather than a remake, but then again I guess you can call it a prequel/reboot maybe? My gut tells me though this is most likely another unofficial Django sequel/prequel, as that is a cliche of the genre to have the name Django in your title even though the story has nothing to do with the original Django and your film has Franco Nero to boot.

    No matter what this is, I’m excited to see Tarantino try to revive this great genre of Spaghetti Western and at the same time pay homage to a prolific film maker and film that is grossly underrated, Sergio Corbucci/Django. Hopefully people will check out some other great Corbucci films like The Great Silence (masterpiece I think) and The Mercenary.

    P.S. – Watch Django in sub, not dub. Trust me it makes the film a hundred times better. So much good dialogue is taken out of the dub version.

  15. I will, and have, watched everything QT puts out! This film sounds like it’s going to have a awesome cast, and NOBODY dies revenge stories better than QT IMO. Can’t wait!

  16. As someone getting on in years, and brought up on the likes of Django. Anything that keeps it going, is ok by me. The great shame of those movies from the past, was, they were dubbed into English,. often badly, as we know. If you like the simplicity of revenge, and some kind of justice in the world, you can’t help but love the point alone, in these movies. ” Django “, from 1966,.. was a masterpiece, and thorn in the side of many, at that time. Hard to imagine, seeing it today, in desensitized, 2011. I’m not a big fan of Tarantino though. His movies are like him,.. they talk too much. The opposite, of the likes of Django. The old, shoot,.. don’t talk, phylosphy. Works for me. I’ll be glad to accept anything, trying to keep this genre alive, in any event.

  17. Quentin Tarantino`s triojo on shield

    Clint Eastwood as triojo

    kevin costner as dulxjo

    Salma Hayek as: Roxajo rido

    christopher mcdonald as: mohjo

  18. Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film: ‘Django Unchained’

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