Quentin Tarantino directing a spaghetti western – YES FRIGGIN PLEASE! This is one story I REALLY hope is true. Following ‘Inglourious Basterds’ things had been quiet on the Tarantino front, this changed in Febuary after Italian actor Franco Nero revealed that he was set to work with the director on an upcoming spaghetti western, described as “a tribute to Sergio Leone.”

Hot the heels of this image leaking the cover page of the (apparent) script – titling the film ‘Django Unchained,’ Deadline have revealed further details about the project. Apparently Tarantino is reuniting with Pulp Fiction producer Stacey Sher. Sher will produce with Pilar Savone. Harvey Weinstein (who distributed Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction) will spearhead domestic distribution on ‘Django Unchained’ through TWC. Universal International has the inside track to co-finance and handle foreign distribution because of the relationship built on 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which grossed $190 million overseas and $314 million overall. Despite the early look that Universal International will get, Tarantino’s script is also being pursued by Warner Bros, Paramount and Sony Pictures.

Through an anonymous source Shadowandact have supposedly caught wind of the films plot synopsis: “Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christopher Waltz the evil Nazi officer in Inglorious Basterds) 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.” According to Tarantino Archives the film pays homage to the Sergio Corbucci original ‘Django’ (which starred Franco Nero), Takashi Miike’s ‘Sukiyaki Western Django,’ which features Tarantino, and Elmore Leonard’s novel ’40 Lashes Less One.’

Who knows if these details are on the money, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about the project in the coming weeks. I can’t really put into word how excited I am by this. I’m a huge Tarantino fan, and Sergio Leone may just be my favourite director, with his classic ‘The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly’ routinely featuring as my favourite film of all time (my favourite film rotates depending on mood!).