Quentin Tarantino Discusses Django Unchained; Will Christoph Waltz Star?
Posted 05.04.11 by Ryan
In March, writer-director Quentin Tarantino had reportedly finished the script for his next project, Django Unchained, a "Southern" movie that blends elements of the Western genre into a story about an avenging slave that we assume is named Django. Tarantino confirmed to Vulture that he finished the script "on Tuesday" and delivered it to The Weinstein Company (apparently, Tarantino overcame the "obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams" of the macaws coming from the house of next-door neighbor Alan Ball that caused him to sue). Tarantino revealed that after turning in the script, he celebrated with friends.
When I send out the script, I always have a little party at my house. I send it out to Harvey Weinstein and other people, and then my friends just show up all day long and just get their copy of it and drink Champagne and we celebrate.
A follow-up to Tarantino's hugely successful 2009 war movie Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained has already been the subject of rumors, the first of which pegged the movie as a Spaghetti Western that would star Christoph Waltz. Waltz explained to MTV that the confusion began when Italian actor Franco Nero described his next project to the Italian press and included Tarantino's name in the discussion. Several Google translations later, a rumor was born.
I can set the record straight: it's like a profound misunderstanding that explains the insanity of the Internet. It's Franco Nero, in Italy, who's planning a Spaghetti Western. He said, "It would be great if we got a director like Quentin Tarantino." And immediately, all of the manic bloggers had a version [of the story]. Whatever was the most attractive version was picked.
Waltz says that he and Tarantino "haven't talked" about reuniting on the project, a point that Tarantino similarly made when talking to Vulture.
I didn't say he was in it. Nobody is in it; I just wrote it Tuesday. I wrote it Tuesday. I'm not even directing it yet! I just wrote a script Tuesday, all right? It's just a script. A piece of paper, a lot of pieces of paper. 366, to be exact.
While Deadline reports that Django Unchained will start production later this year, Tarantino was less confident about the start date.
I have no idea when it is going to start filming. I'm going to say it one more time: I stopped writing it Tuesday.
OK, so maybe Tarantino is still feeling the effect of those macaws after all.