Apr 30, 201108:35 PMThe Telegraph
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According to Anne Thompson of Indiewire.com, Quentin Tarantino — the flamboyant filmmaker who gave us Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds — is about to make good on his long-standing promise to direct a Western. Of course, since this is Quentin Tarantino, you can rest assured it won’t be a conventional Western. Indeed, Thompson reports that Django Unchained, as the project is tentatively titled, is a tip of the Stetson to Django, a notoriously violent 1966 “Spaghetti Western” starring Franco Nero. In Tarantino’s version, the title character is a freed slave who joins forces with a German bounty hunter to free his wife from the clutches of an evil plantation owner. Christoph Waltz, who earned an Academy Award for his performance as a Nazi commander in Inglorious Basterds, reportedly has signed on to play Django’s gunslinging ally. But there’s no word yet on who’ll play Django, or when and where Tarantino plans to start filming. Stay tuned for further developments.