We’ve known for a couple of months that the next film from Quentin Tarantino was going to be a spaghetti western. And we now know what the title for the film is.
Late yesterday afternoon Twitter user AgentTrainee tweeted a picture (since removed) showing Tarantino’s handwritten cover to the just completed script –
Admittedly it sounds a bit dodgy, but Indie Wire’s Anne Thompson was able to confirm the title and that the script had been handed in to the Weinstein Company earlier this week. Thompson also reports that the story will center around a freed slave, Django, who sets out to save his wife from an evil plantation owner. Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds villain Christoph Waltz is set to play Django’s friend who helps him on his quest.
For those versed in spaghetti westerns, Django is the name of the 1966 spaghetti western starring Franco Nero as an enigmatic gunslinger who is tracking down the leader of a group of bandits who murdered his wife. The film was such a hit that it spawned numerous imitators which helped solidify the spaghetti western hero archetype.
There’s an ear-cutting scene that is thought to be the inspiration of the famous ear-cutting scene in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Additionally, Tarantino appeared in Japanese director Takishi Miike’s 2007 film Sukiyaki Western Django, which contained numerous references to the original film.