Anne Thompson at indieWire's Thompson on Hollywood confirmed through Tarantino's agency, WME, that the director has turned in a script for a Western titled 'Django Unchained' that he will direct for the Weinstein Co. The title pays homage to the Sergio Corbucci 1966 spaghetti Western 'Django' and director Takashi Miike's 2007 'Sukiyaki Western Django,' in which Tarantino had a small role.
The story involves a German bounty hunter who joins up with a former slave -- Django -- to save his wife from an evil plantation owner. Christoph Waltz (an Oscar-winner for 'Basterds') has been confirmed as the bounty hunter; the original star of 'Django,' Franco Nero, has said he is attached, along with Keith Carradine and Treat Williams, though that has yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, The Playlist went back to their archives to report this bit of information in early 2010 from Tarantino about what he wanted to do next:
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.TWC and Tarantino anticipate a late-summer or early-fall shoot for 'Django Unchained.'