Back in December of 2012 we found out that a sequel to the classic 1966 spaghetti western Django was being developed, with original star Franco Nero set and ready to reprise the title role.
Now comes word that the follow-up, titled Django Lives, is coming together quite nicely, and is moving forward. Point Blank Pictures has acquired the rights to make the sequel—something that was still being worked on when we first heard about the project—and some solid talent is being collected to bring the movie to life.
Django Lives was developed by producers Eric Zaldivar and Mike Malloy, who also penned the screenplay. The movie is being directed by Joe D’Augustine, who has worked as an editor on a few Quentin Tarantino movies, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, and Deathproof, and has also worked as an editor on RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists and a reconstruction of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 2007. His only other directing credit is 2006’s One Night with You.
Joining Nero on the cast is Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) and Noah Segan (Looper). The main villain and female lead are still being cast.
Cinematographer Robert Yeoman, ASC, who has worked on most of Wes Anderson’s films, and Italian composer Daniele Luppi, who collaborated with Danger Mouse on the excellent spaghetti western music-inspired album Rome, will also work on Django Lives.
Of the movie, Malloy said:
“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. 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 – and not just the standard themes of aging and fatalism that you usually have with an older tough-guy film.”
“We’re glad that so many mainstream talents have joined the project at such an early stage, out of enthusiasm for the Django legacy. The original Django was a worldwide mainstream success, as was Tarantino’s Unchained. We wanted to make it clear we were keeping that going — not making a cult item, but rather a relevant film whose story has elements of prestige and crossover appeal.”
Django Lives will find Django in his twilight years working as a consultant to silent western films in 1915 Hollywood when he gets mixed up with some racketeers, forcing him to fight back.