Tarantino Editor to Direct ‘Django Lives,’ feat. Franco Nero

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Texas-based Point Blank Pictures has secured the rights to still-in-production Django Lives, starring the original Django: Franco Nero himself, who played the title character in the 1966 film directed by Sergio Corbucci and had a cameo role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012). Django Lives was first brought to the Current's attention by local film buff Kevin Cacy, who was involved in garnering early support and bringing it to Nero's attention. Cacy is no longer listed as a producer. Although there are more than 40 Django sequels and spin-offs, this will be only the third time Nero will play his most iconic role, and first since he starred in Django 2 (1987). Go to the next page to see the 1987 Italian trailer of Django 2. "It feels great to have not only Franco's enthusiasm for this script and our project, but also to have the blessings of the original Django creators and their heirs," said producer Carolyn Pfeiffer in a press release. "Over the decades there have been scores of quasi-related Django spin-offs, but Franco Nero has only reprised the iconic gunslinger a single time," said co-writer/co-producer Mike Malloy. "So it was an occasion worth creating a special story for. And with Django Lives' subplot that concerns a newfound, unexpected nationwide celebrity for Django, the screenplay really examines fame, violence in fiction and authenticity in storytelling ... not just the standard themes of aging and fatalism that you usually have with an older tough-guy film." The film will be directed by Joe D’Augustine, who edited Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds and was one of the editors in the 2003 extended version of Sergio Leone’s classic western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966). As a director, his only previous credit is the 2006 comedy One Night With You. "Joe is the perfect choice for director [for Django Lives], being steeped in both mainstream Hollywood action cinema and Italian genre film," said Eric Zaldivar, who co-wrote Django Lives with Malloy and is also credited as co-producer. Django Lives will take place in Hollywood in 1915, where Django (Nero) works as a consultant for silent-movie westerns. When he gets involved with racketeers, “all hell breaks loose,” according to the press release. The film will be produced by Carolyn Pfeiffer and David Hollander and executive produced by South by Southwest co-founder Louis Black, whose credits include the documentaries The King of Texas (2008) and Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004). Besides Nero, confirmed cast members are actors Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) and Noah Segan (Looper), cinematographer Robert Yeoman (Moonrise Kingdom) and composer Daniele Luppi (2008’s Hell Ride and best known for his collaborations with Danger Mouse and Gnarls Barkley). "We're looking forward to casting the main heavy and the female lead," said producer David Hollander. "Both are really juicy parts."

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