Quentin Tarantino recently completed the Django Unchained script and details are beginning to emerge about his latest project. Django Unchained, inspired by the 1966 Sergio Corbucci film Django, will be a spaghetti western homage set in the American South. The crux of the Django Unchained plot involves a freed slave who teams up with a German bounty hunter to seek revenge against a cruel plantation owner. A source familiar with the script told indieWIRE the following plot details:
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christopher 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.
Interesting. Frankly, the Django Unchained plot sounds nothing remotely like the movie that inspired it, but surely we’ll have a better idea of Tarantino’s vision as more details emerge.