Tarantino after Will Smith for “Django Unchained”

Quintin Tarantino is a man of many talents, though one of them was recently not judging the Venice Film Festival. However, he now wants the legendary Will Smith for his latest project.

Whether you’re a Tarantino fan or not, there’s no doubting that he’s a writer/director worthy of a significant amount of respect. Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill vols. 1 and 2 are just some of the gems in his body of work.

His latest project, Django Unchained, is a Western set in the Deep South of the American Civil War and follows a bounty hunter looking to rescue his wife from her slavemaster. It’s looking distinctly spaghetti, in Western terms, which suits Tarantino’s strengths in dialogue and cinematography perfectly, as well as his fondness for an overly dramatic plot with a healthy dash of cynicism.

For Smith, it would be a huge departure from his usual funny-but-serious roles in films like I, Robot and I Am Legend, and he’s reportedly considering waiving his usual $20m fee (poor guy, how will he afford to eat?) for the chance to break out from the very tight pigeonhole years of so-so comedy efforts have soundly placed him in. More on this as it develops, but it sounds like it could be great.

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