Quentin Tarantino’s next movie is going to be a Western. Or, to be more accurate, a Southern. It’s a spin on the Django spaghetti westerns about a bounty hunter who drags around a coffin with a giant Gatling gun in it. In Tarantino’s take though, Django will be played by Jamie Foxx as a former slave who teams up with a bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) to free Django’s wife from the evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio is the name at the top of the rumor mill right now) who still owns her. /Film has been following the movie’s development for a while and has tons of details.
Playlist found a quote from Tarantino talking about his vision for the film:
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.’
I want to do movies that deal with America’s horrible past with slavery and stuff but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies. I want to do them like they’re genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it’s ashamed of it, and other countries don’t really deal with because they don’t feel they have the right to.