Yesterday, a leaked picture of a script front page revealed that Quentin Tarantino‘s next movie would be called Django Unchained. His take on the Western which he called ‘A Southern’ is almost a revisionist look at the genre, tackling modern issues but still grounding it in all in an entertaining genre movie. Today however we bring you some details on the movie’s plot via Thompson on Hollywood, who also informs us that Christoph Waltz is signed on to lead the movie.
The plot synopsis reposted here, is from a source who has read the script, which seems to reflect what we have heard before, so it seems legitimate and trustworthy:
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (ChristophWaltz) 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 Inglourious and you’ll get a sense of what he’s doing with slave owners and slave overseers in this one.
As the synopsis reads ‘German bounty hunter’ this is clearly a role designed for Christoph Waltz and written for him, which Tarantino likes to do. On the basis of Inglourious Basterds, they work together brilliantly so sounds good to me. Deadline also reports that The Weinstein Company are fully on board and this could start shooting as soon as late summer or the fall in the States. It just needs to cast quickly and based on availability it will be ready to go. Tarantino has been working towards a Western for most of his career so I’m pretty excited, and judging by the speed he got Inglourious Basterds cast, filmed, edited and screened (just under a year), Django Unchained could be coming pretty damn quick. Stay tuned for more.