Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
UPDATE: Anne Thompson at IndieWire has confirmed that this is indeed the title. Original article follows, more details and a plot description at the bottom.
We’ve heard rumblings about about Quentin Tarantino’s next movie for a while now. It’s a spaghetti western. It’ll star Christoph Waltz. Franco Nero, Keith Carradine might be in it. Uma Thurman called it “a southern.” But up until now, we still had no idea what it was called. Then, Friday on Twitter, someone tweeted a photo of what looks to be the title page of the script. Is this the actual script and what’s the title? You’re gonna have to click the jump to find out.
A Twitter user named @AgentTrainee tweeted the following picture earlier today:
Is that the title? It certainly looks like it. We know from Inglourious Basterds that Tarantino likes to hand write the titles on the first page of his script. Plus, there’s the classic 1966 spaghetti western called Django that starred Franco Nero. The same Franco Nero who was rumored to be in this movie. Here’s the plot description of that original film from the IMDB:
A coffin-dragging gunslinger enters a town caught between two feuding factions, the KKK and a gang of Mexican Bandits, and is caught up in a struggle against them.
Is Tarantino’s film some sort of homage to that, much like the original Inglorious Basterds? With the Nero connection, I’d bank on it.
So, what do you think of this title?
Thanks to Twitter user @FuMikeChu for the heads up.
UPDATE: Anne Thompson has confirmed with Tarantino’s agency that Django Unchained is, indeed, the title of the new film. She also points us to Tarantino.info which says the film is inspired not only by Django, but Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django as well. Indiewire also claims to have read the script and provide the following description. Beware of minor spoilers:
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.
Sounds amazing. Do you agree?