Quentin Tarantino’s agency WME has confirmed that Quentin Tarantino has turned in the final draft of his spaghetti Western to The Weinstein Company. The movie, to be titled Django Unchained, will be produced by Stacey Sher (Pulp Fiction) and Pilar Savone.
WME also confirmed to Thompson on Hollywood that Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz will reunite with Tarantino for the film.
Tarantino previously described the project as follows:
“I’d like to do a Western. But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times. With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with. Let’s shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time. And I would call it ‘A Southern.'”
A commenter at Hollywood Elsewhere claims to have read the script and describes it further as follows:
“The title character Django is a freed slave, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) becomes a badass bounty hunter himself and after assisting Waltz on taking down some bad guys for profit, is in turn assisted 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. It’s violent and funny and full of great Tarantino monologues and shoot outs (and slave rapes and slave tortures) and the center piece of the script is this fantastic relationship between Django and his Obi-Wan Waltz and it all just f*cking works in the way only Tarantino makes it work.”
The movie is expected to start production this year still. Here’s a look at the script’s cover page, thanks to Tarantino.info: