He’s done the heist movie, the war movie, the kung fu movie, even the blaxploitation movie; now it seems that the next genre to be pastiched by Quentin Tarantino is the Western. Having often hinted at wanting to do his own take on the classic Spaghetti Westerns, it seems the director’s next work will be just that. The very professional-looking front page of a script has appeared on the web naming this project Django Unchained. Given Tarantino’s post-modern love of borrowing from previous films, this is undoubtedly a reference to the 1966 western Django. Although this story of a vengeful gatling-gun wielding drifter shares the theme of revenge with many of Tarantino’s works, exactly how the plot of this upcoming project links to Sergio Corbucci’s classic is unknown.
No cast have been confirmed yet, though rumours are abound that Christoph Waltz, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Colonel Hans Landa in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009), will work with the director again. Franco Nero, who starred in the original Django, may also be involved in the project – he is still a working actor, having recently appeared alongside Anthony Hopkins in supernatural horror The Rite.
Django Unchained is likely to begin shooting in the autumn. Tarantino’s riffs on the classic genres he loves are always entertaining and, especially if Waltz and Nero are on board, the prospect of a Tarantino Western in cinemas next year is certainly something to look forward to.