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Tarantino and Waltz Making Slave Revenge Western "Django Unchained"

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    A year after saying he'd like to do for black people what he did for Jewish people, Quentin Tarantino is about to make it happen.

    "Django Unchained," about a freed slave turned bounty hunter who goes sets out to liberate his wife from a plantation owner, will be Tarantino's next film, reported Anne Thompson.

    "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," said Tarantino last February. "Django Unchained" would appear to be just that film.

    Here's a mildly spoiler-ish synopsis from Hollywood Elsewhere:

    Behind the Scenes: "Inglourious Basterds"

    [NBCAH] Behind the Scenes: "Inglourious Basterds"
    Brad Pitt stars as Lt. Aldo Raine, the leader of a group of Jewish-American soldiers fighting against the Nazis during World II, in this new Quentin Tarantino-directed film. (Published Friday, Apr 17, 2009)

    Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner. And that doesn’t even half begin to cover it! This film deals with racism as I’ve rarely seen it handled in a Hollywood film. While it’s 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it is pure genius in the way it takes on the evil slave owning south. Think of what he did with the Nazis in Inglorious and you’ll get a sense of what he’s doing with slave owners and slave overseers in this one.

    Christoph Waltz is on board to play the German bounty hunter, but the lead is up in the air.

    "Inglourious Basterds"

    [NATL] "Inglourious Basterds"
    Quentin Tarantino's latest saga follows a team of bloodthirsty Nazi hunters across WW II Germany, as the leave a trail of corpses and marked men in their wake on their way to assassinate the Fuhrer. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    The film is inspired by in part "Django," a series of spaghetti Westerns from the '60s, some of which featured Franco Nero, who's attached to star in Tarantino's film. Takashi Miike’s 2007 film, "Sukiyaki Western Django," in which Tarantino appeared, will also inform this new project.