Quentin Tarantino is entering one of the darkest times in its history for his next major film. After taking on Nazi Germany with the Brad Pitt-led band of "Inglourious Basterds," WME, Tarantino's agency, confirmed that he's finished writing the script for "Django Unchained," a Spaghetti Western that, according to Tarantino Archives (via Indiewire), will pay homage to Italian director Sergio Corbucci's original "Django" and Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's "Sukiyaki Western Django."
Tarantin had this to say about the new film:
"I want to explore something that really hasn't been done. I want to do movies that deal with America's horrible past with slavery and stuff but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies. I want to do them like they're genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it's ashamed of it, and other countries don't really deal with because they don't feel they have the right to. But I can deal with it all right, and I'm the guy to do it. So maybe that's the next mountain waiting for me."
Then, a couple of days ago, Indiewire quoted a source who had apparently read the script, as saying,
"Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) 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."
The casting is open as of right now, with the lead role of Django yet to be announced. Franco Nero had let slip a few other cast names, like Treat Williams, Keith Carradine and Waltz, but apparently Quentin's looking to make this film a massive one and grab a lot of top-shelf Hollywood talent.