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As the script circulates, what we know about Tarantino's Django Unchained

05.03.2011

It was a long day and the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of the computer for another two or three hours. I wanted a beer, I wanted to finally watch 13 ASSASSINS, I wanted to lay on the couch and, most importantly, I wanted to not work. But before I could relax, I had to check my inbox one last time. At the very top was the curious subject line "Django Unchained" and next to it was a little paper clip. There was an attachment.

At 11pm, I finally reached page 166 of Quentin Tarantino's final draft DJANGO UNCHAINED with a wide smile on my face.

I'm not going to write a "script review," because that format is rather bland and does nothing for the project. I did, however, want to share a few quick things, mostly to clarify some of the rumors that have been floating around about the film.

- Despite MTV's assertion that Christoph Waltz is not going to star in DJANGO (at least that's what the actor told them), there is most definitely a part - the second lead role after Django - written for the star. It's not a villain but the character is German (think Sergio Sollima's THE BIG GUNDOWN) and his use of that language is central to the plot. Besides Waltz, there are a few great roles for some Tarantino regulars, should they be interested and available.

- The film is not a remake or spinoff of the classic "Django" character originated by Franco Nero in 1966's DJANGO. Nero had previously stated he was working on the film with Tarantino but the only character I see as a fit for the actor is a very small part as Tarantino's character is Django in name only.

- As you've heard, the film is a spaghetti western (this much is mentioned in the first sentence of the script) that is very much inspired by Leone (who is name-checked numerous times throughout).

Script reading is a strange thing. Some people hate and some people love it (as evidenced by the heightened security at studios and the proliferation of script trading on the web). I get a lot of scripts - some I read for editorial concerns and some I never get around to ever reading. But when a Tarantino script becomes available it transcends just sitting and reading a PDF of a script. There's something electric - a giddy mix of curiosity and excitement - that comes with sitting down, seeing Quentin's traditionally hand-scrawled cover page and diving in, not knowing what to expect.

I'll never forget that feeling when I was a kid of coming home, jumping on my bed and tearing into whatever exciting thing just came out. Whether it was a new Stephen King book or the #1 issue of a new comic series or plugging the headphones into my boombox and letting a tape play all the way through while flipping through the liner notes. No matter what time it is or whatever else you're supposed to be doing, the door is shut and you leap head first into a new world. I feel that same way when a new Tarantino script arrives on my desk. I remember reading both KILL BILL and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and I felt exactly the same way I did when I finished DJANGO UNCHAINED last night.

It's silly to have to actually say this out loud but this is why Quentin Tarantino is one of the most important filmmakers working today. There are other great screenwriters out there but Tarantino's work is so unique, his scripts read like novels (please note I said "unique" and this does not necessarily mean "better"). People who dislike reading scripts will often say they don't want to be spoiled for a movie but reading a Tarantino script doesn't spoil the movie anymore than reading "The Girl With the Dragon Tatttoo" spoils watching THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

DJANGO was a great read and will, no doubt, make a fantastic movie. Just as excited as I was last night, I'm just as excited to see what Tarantino has in store for us when the film hits theaters.

Source: JoBlo.com

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7:03AM on 05/04/2011

hmmm

well i dont like the fact you loved the kill bill and basterds script. they were not the greatest movies ever made. tbh they were pretty bad. both kill bills sucked and basterds was overlong rubbish. he really tries to hard. i love pulp fiction and jackie brown, even stuff he was been involved in like killing zoe and true romance, but his last few films, kill bill two, death race and basterds have all been pretty shit compaired to his first three films. he needs to stop trying so hard
well i dont like the fact you loved the kill bill and basterds script. they were not the greatest movies ever made. tbh they were pretty bad. both kill bills sucked and basterds was overlong rubbish. he really tries to hard. i love pulp fiction and jackie brown, even stuff he was been involved in like killing zoe and true romance, but his last few films, kill bill two, death race and basterds have all been pretty shit compaired to his first three films. he needs to stop trying so hard
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8:17AM on 05/04/2011
I'll just say that a lot of people disagree with you, and leave it at that.
I'll just say that a lot of people disagree with you, and leave it at that.
8:22AM on 05/04/2011
Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds are bad but Killing Zoe is good?

You're funny.
Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds are bad but Killing Zoe is good?

You're funny.
3:48AM on 05/04/2011
I am so glad that he decided not to take another 5 year long break and he has made good on his promise to deliver a WW2 movie and then a Spaghetti Western. I wonder whose going to play Django.
I am so glad that he decided not to take another 5 year long break and he has made good on his promise to deliver a WW2 movie and then a Spaghetti Western. I wonder whose going to play Django.
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1:32AM on 05/04/2011

What´s the point?

So you´ve got the script and you feel the urge to write about it on this site and all you basically say is: "...was a great read and makes a fantastic movie"? So you´re just bragging about it or you are a curious fanboy who´s got nothing to say?! An not every script by Tarantino turned into a good movie (for example Kill Bill, where part 2 turned into a boring afterthought!).
So you´ve got the script and you feel the urge to write about it on this site and all you basically say is: "...was a great read and makes a fantastic movie"? So you´re just bragging about it or you are a curious fanboy who´s got nothing to say?! An not every script by Tarantino turned into a good movie (for example Kill Bill, where part 2 turned into a boring afterthought!).
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8:18PM on 05/03/2011
This is awesome. Im glad we can put that whole this is a remake or spinoff of Django. But my friend keeps saying then why is it called Django Unchained if it doesnt have to do with that character and why didnt he come up with an original title if it has nothing to do with Django? anyone want to shed some light on this?
This is awesome. Im glad we can put that whole this is a remake or spinoff of Django. But my friend keeps saying then why is it called Django Unchained if it doesnt have to do with that character and why didnt he come up with an original title if it has nothing to do with Django? anyone want to shed some light on this?
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7:26PM on 05/03/2011
I've been searching all day for the script, but nobody seems willing to send me it :( I hope somebody soon gets it to me. I'm dying here. I need this. HaHa :)
I've been searching all day for the script, but nobody seems willing to send me it :( I hope somebody soon gets it to me. I'm dying here. I need this. HaHa :)
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2:48PM on 05/03/2011
Just got the script last night and finally got some time to read a bit today. I'm only 40 pages in, but I'm already loving it. It's so easy to picture Waltz as the Bounty Hunter what with the character's bizarre personality.
Just got the script last night and finally got some time to read a bit today. I'm only 40 pages in, but I'm already loving it. It's so easy to picture Waltz as the Bounty Hunter what with the character's bizarre personality.
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3:24PM on 05/03/2011
Any way you could send me the script friendo? michaeldraycott@hotmail.com Just thought I'd ask. Don't get no where without asking haha :)
Any way you could send me the script friendo? michaeldraycott@hotmail.com Just thought I'd ask. Don't get no where without asking haha :)
5:55PM on 05/03/2011
I'd also love a copy if you'd have the time to send one. jjmorgan19@gmail.com
I'd also love a copy if you'd have the time to send one. jjmorgan19@gmail.com
6:16PM on 05/03/2011
N/A
N/A
6:31PM on 05/03/2011
Woo.
Woo.
7:12PM on 05/03/2011
I would be forever thankful if you could send it to me as well. dillonwiens@msn.com thank you!
I would be forever thankful if you could send it to me as well. dillonwiens@msn.com thank you!
9:35PM on 05/03/2011
PLEEAASE!!!! justinvsky1@aol.com thank you.
PLEEAASE!!!! justinvsky1@aol.com thank you.
9:45PM on 05/03/2011
I'm just take a chance and go ahead and ask for copy. Thanks to whoever does!!
adma9013@yahoo.com
I'm just take a chance and go ahead and ask for copy. Thanks to whoever does!!
adma9013@yahoo.com
12:32AM on 05/04/2011
I don't normally ask for things like this... But this is QT... I have to. So please? ryans.cupcake@gmail.com
I don't normally ask for things like this... But this is QT... I have to. So please? ryans.cupcake@gmail.com
1:52AM on 05/04/2011
OMG I`m dying to read this script. Please, help me. jivasakti@gmail.com
OMG I`m dying to read this script. Please, help me. jivasakti@gmail.com
2:51AM on 05/04/2011
jae_con@yahoo.com

It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
jae_con@yahoo.com

It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
9:43AM on 05/04/2011
Anyone end up getting a copy of the script? Eff it, I'm gonna toss my name into the hat, too. tarantinoholic (at) gmail.com
I'd really, REALLY appreciate it!
Anyone end up getting a copy of the script? Eff it, I'm gonna toss my name into the hat, too. tarantinoholic (at) gmail.com
I'd really, REALLY appreciate it!
2:26PM on 05/03/2011

YEAUGGGH!!!

I'm a full-blown Tarantino fangirl, and I don't care how many bitter, contrarian anuses try to put me down. I am already stoked. Particularly for the return of Waltz. But for crissakes, can a speech coach work with the man so that he can do something other than characters that need/can have a Teutonic accent? Anyway. Fuck yes.
I'm a full-blown Tarantino fangirl, and I don't care how many bitter, contrarian anuses try to put me down. I am already stoked. Particularly for the return of Waltz. But for crissakes, can a speech coach work with the man so that he can do something other than characters that need/can have a Teutonic accent? Anyway. Fuck yes.
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1:21PM on 05/03/2011

let me guess...

There was a 14-page monologue by an over-the-top character talking about how whiskey makes him feel good - at which point, everyone thats not a fanboy with a boner will fall asleep in the theater during its scene in the movie
There was a 14-page monologue by an over-the-top character talking about how whiskey makes him feel good - at which point, everyone thats not a fanboy with a boner will fall asleep in the theater during its scene in the movie
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4:28PM on 05/03/2011
HAHAHA. the jackass with the Guttenberg avatar is ripping on a guy with 3 Oscar noms and 3 Palme d'Ors. that's rich!
HAHAHA. the jackass with the Guttenberg avatar is ripping on a guy with 3 Oscar noms and 3 Palme d'Ors. that's rich!
9:18PM on 05/03/2011
m. night shayamalan has a oscar nom and nic cage has WON an oscar. i assume you love 'the happening' and 'ghost rider' since thats your basis of a good movies. loser.
m. night shayamalan has a oscar nom and nic cage has WON an oscar. i assume you love 'the happening' and 'ghost rider' since thats your basis of a good movies. loser.
11:55PM on 05/03/2011
Guttenberg? We know where your credibility is at...
Guttenberg? We know where your credibility is at...
12:50AM on 05/04/2011
Way to be a dick about it.
Way to be a dick about it.
12:20PM on 05/04/2011
what does night's nom for the sixth sense and cage's oscar for Leaving Los vegas have to do with the happening and ghost rider? no wonder you dont like QT, you can't even stay in context. to make matters worse your guttenberg avatar is from a recent pic... not from, say, police academy when he was actually cool. you fail like 4 times over with every post. do yourself a favor and just don't respond.
what does night's nom for the sixth sense and cage's oscar for Leaving Los vegas have to do with the happening and ghost rider? no wonder you dont like QT, you can't even stay in context. to make matters worse your guttenberg avatar is from a recent pic... not from, say, police academy when he was actually cool. you fail like 4 times over with every post. do yourself a favor and just don't respond.
8:46AM on 05/05/2011
hunglowman, youre the dumbest person of all time. you said - in your own fuckin reply - that tarantino has oscars noms and insinuate that that makes his work good. It means nothing. Oscar winners and nominees make shit all the time. Just cuz QT has Oscar NOMS - no wins, mind you - doesnt mean you have to like everything the guy does and suck him off. His latest work has been unorginal, boring and assanine. Ever heard 'oh how the might have fallen.'

and are you seriously that obsesssed with
hunglowman, youre the dumbest person of all time. you said - in your own fuckin reply - that tarantino has oscars noms and insinuate that that makes his work good. It means nothing. Oscar winners and nominees make shit all the time. Just cuz QT has Oscar NOMS - no wins, mind you - doesnt mean you have to like everything the guy does and suck him off. His latest work has been unorginal, boring and assanine. Ever heard 'oh how the might have fallen.'

and are you seriously that obsesssed with avatars on joblo.com? the guttenburg photo is tongue in cheek - obviously way over your head, you virgin.
12:33PM on 05/05/2011
Virgin? I just spent 2 posts fucking YOU. anyway, I'll let the +50 thumbs down do the talking.

PS - QT does have a win.. best writing for Pulp Fiction. can you get nothing right?
Virgin? I just spent 2 posts fucking YOU. anyway, I'll let the +50 thumbs down do the talking.

PS - QT does have a win.. best writing for Pulp Fiction. can you get nothing right?
12:56PM on 05/03/2011
Feel free to forward me that email anytime! ;) So jealous.
Feel free to forward me that email anytime! ;) So jealous.
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12:51PM on 05/03/2011
Thanx for not spoiling it but you could at least give a little hint of an indication of what the darn thing is about, couldnt you?
Thanx for not spoiling it but you could at least give a little hint of an indication of what the darn thing is about, couldnt you?
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12:44PM on 05/03/2011

As A Fanboy

I'm nothing but excited by this.

I feel the same way reading a Tarantino script. His are most of the scripts I read even.
I'm nothing but excited by this.

I feel the same way reading a Tarantino script. His are most of the scripts I read even.
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12:34PM on 05/03/2011
He's really stepping out of his comfort zone by using other peoples ideas for his pretentious revenge flick. Good job, Q! Your fanboys will be pleased.
He's really stepping out of his comfort zone by using other peoples ideas for his pretentious revenge flick. Good job, Q! Your fanboys will be pleased.
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12:52AM on 05/04/2011
There's that word 'pretentious' again. Guess what Stanley Kubrick was considered one of the most pretentious filmmakers of all time. Despite that I still love him, do you?
There's that word 'pretentious' again. Guess what Stanley Kubrick was considered one of the most pretentious filmmakers of all time. Despite that I still love him, do you?
2:28AM on 05/05/2011
Unless you exclusively watch avant garde films, you're not going to find many (if any) films that do not steal ideas. Quentin is just blatant about it. Even Led Zepplin stole directly from other artists, and they're considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
Unless you exclusively watch avant garde films, you're not going to find many (if any) films that do not steal ideas. Quentin is just blatant about it. Even Led Zepplin stole directly from other artists, and they're considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
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