It was always just a matter of time until Quentin Tarantino directed a western. The stylistic exuberance of genre masters such as Sergio Leone and his long time composer Ennio Morricone (if those names don’t sound familiar, their films and scores certainly will) has influenced Tarantino’s work from the start, most notably in QT’s bold use of music and sound effects.
Tarantino has put his distinctive stamp on gangster dramas (Reservoir Dogs), blaxploitation (Jackie Brown), martial arts (Kill Bill) and WWII flicks (Inglourious Basterds) so it’s no surprise that he’ll will pack some six shooters and whip out the tumbleweeds. The film, Django Unchained, will star Christoph Waltz, who snagged an Oscar for his portrayal of a loquacious Nazi in Basterds.
A photograph of the front cover of the screenplay, what has been reportedly submitted to the Weinstein brothers, was leaked online:
The title pays homage to Sergio Corbucci’s Django (1966) and Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django (2007), which Tarantino appeared in (the image at the top of this post is a still from the film).
QT’s best asset has always been his writing, particularly his dialogue. Most cinephiles can’t resist a quality QT monologue. Good longwinded dialogue isn’t, of course, typically associated with the western genre, which will add a novelty factor to Django Unchained. In a sense Tarantino has been pipped to the post by TV’s Dead Wood, but the man is never boring and audiences will invariably flock to see his take on “pistols at dawn.”