The verbal combination of “Quentin Tarantino” and “western” has been flying around these parts for well over a year, and you have every right to expect it for another four months — minimum. Should Enzo G. Castellari (the first [technically, only] man to direct a movie called Inglorious Bastards) be telling the truth, too, this little three-word teaming will stick around for a bit longer.
A quote might be the finest place to start. Back in July of last year, the original Django, Franco Nero, said this about a collaboration with Tarantino entitled The Angel, the Brute and the Wise:
“I said ‘Quentin, we are going to do a western. It would be an homage to Sergio Leone and John Huston, the director that discovered me, and would you be so kind to play a cameo?’ And he said, ‘Oh yeah! What do I have to do?’ I said, actually there are three bandits, and I have to kill them all, and he said, ‘oh, great, so I can come with Robert Rodriguez and my friends to play them.’ I said, yeah! That would be great! He said, ‘But how are you going to kill me?’ I said, I’ll tell you—with a shotgun, and inside, instead of having bullets, it will be gold coins. He said, ‘I love it!’”
I was already in, which made the silence — likely tied with the director’s heavy work on Django Unchained — that much more difficult to bear. But, in August of 2012, Castellari has his own update, which you can hear by going to 1:48 in this video:
I can’t tell if it’s actually the same project, though the mention of Tarantino‘s friends — 30-40 of them, no less, including John Landis — aligns it with The Angel pretty well. So that’s one question, but then there’s something about shooting in L.A. — and on Paramount’s lot? I can’t help but wonder why we haven’t been hearing about this for some time now, though I simply hope it’s all true.
So long as you watched that video, I won’t even bother telling you why to be excited. That being said? Castellari‘s project sounds like a really, truly great time. If we need the attention of some suit, it’s only fair to beg this comes together.
What are your thoughts on this endeavor? Do you have any idea what it might be?
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