Tarantino's Django Unchained rolls on
Quentin Tarantino's next opus, Django Unchained, is currently filming for a Christmas release date.
Locations for the movie include Jackson Hole Wyoming, the movie ranch where Deadwood was filmed, and New Orleans, where production wraps up this spring.
As someone who may or may not have read the screenplay, it's definitely an entertaining read, and I can't see in a million years why any Tarantino fans will be disappointed.
Django is about slavery, and the title slave, played by Jamie Foxx, is trying to reunite with his love interest, who is owned by an evil plantation owner, Leonardo DiCaprio. He's helped by Christoph Waltz, who's back after his Oscar winning Inglorious Basterds performance.
According to Cinema Blend and Geek Files, Waltz fell off a horse and broke his pelvis, but got fixed up by a surgeon he calls a genius and is firmly back in action.
Now starring in his second film for Tarantino, Waltz said, "I'm trying to be very aware of not repeating myself," even though in this role he's a good guy, a German doctor who finds slavery appalling.
"It's a different story, a different character, a different movie. I've played that other character. I'm not going to slip it under the door just because it was successful. But I have to be a little careful that I am not going too far to the other side – too restrained."
Waltz adds that he and Tarantino have become very close friends since working together, watching 35mm movies at the director's mansion screening room. "I revel in his writing," Waltz says. "He's a genius. I am completely, unconditionally devoted."
Along with Foxx, Waltz, and DiCaprio, Django stars Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, make-up genius Tom Savini (who was also Sex Machine in From Dusk Till Dawn), Don Johnson, RZA, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has apparently dropped out of Django due to a "scheduling conflict" with his feature directorial debut.
Meanwhile, Django executive producer Michael Shamberg told Slashfilm he was quite stoked about the upcoming film.
"I've seen some stuff and it's amazing. We're still shooting and my partner Stacey [Sher] is producing with Pilar Savone who worked for Quentin and Reggie Hudlin. I'm exec-producing and we're like, maybe, half-way through. You have no idea... It's the most amazing film 'cause, as you know, it's a Spaghetti Western about slavery and Quentin's vocabulary is such that it's just pure entertainment, Leonardo's the bad guy, it's gonna be awesome."