Back in February we heard that Quentin Tarantino was working on a spaghetti western project which would reunite him with his Inglourious Basterds actor Christoph Waltz. Little has been heard since, but now some plot details have emerged and we have a title: Django Unchained.
Thompson on Hollywood confirmed that Tarantino has handed in the final draft of his script for Django Unchained to The Weinstein Company, who distributed and co-produced Inglourious Basterds, and while no start date or locations have been decided, the aim is to begin production later this year.
Shadow and Act got hold of a synopsis for the movie, which follows a former slave who tries to save his wife from an evil plantation owner.
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.
Another revenge flick for Tarantino, but this time touching upon the issue of slavery, which is rarely seen in movies nowadays. Back in 2010 the director said “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.”