BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Christoph Waltz and director Quentin Tarantino attend The Weinstein Company Golden Globes After Party held at Trader Vic's at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Christoph Waltz;Quentin Tarantino
A year after saying he'd like to do for black people what he did for Jewish people, Quentin Tarantino is about to make it happen.
"Django Unchained," about a freed slave turned bounty hunter who goes sets out to liberate his wife from a plantation owner, will be Tarantino's next film, reported Anne Thompson.
"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," said Tarantino last February. "Django Unchained" would appear to be just that film.
Here's a mildly spoiler-ish synopsis from Hollywood Elsewhere:
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (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.
Christoph Waltz is on board to play the German bounty hunter, but the lead is up in the air.
The film is inspired by in part "Django," a series of spaghetti Westerns from the '60s, some of which featured Franco Nero, who's attached to star in Tarantino's film. Takashi Miike’s 2007 film, "Sukiyaki Western Django," in which Tarantino appeared, will also inform this new project.