'Django Unchained' gets Christmas 2012 release date

Though its cast is still coming together, Quentin Tarantino’s next movie at least has a release date. Django Unchained, a spaghetti Western about a former Southern slave who attempts to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner, will greet fans on Christmas Day 2012, The Weinstein Company confirmed today. (ComingSoon.net had the initial story).

Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in final talks for the role of the evil slave owner, while Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) is expected to play a German bounty hunter. Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, and Jamie Foxx have been mentioned as possible candidates for the lead, with Samuel L. Jackson in the mix for another role.

Unchained would be Tarantino’s first December release since Jackie Brown opened on Christmas Day in 1997.

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  • pie thrower

    can not friggin’ wait. Bring on more Christoph Waltz via Tarantino.

    • Fox

      Quentin Tarantino: Takes scenes from various films, puts them together into one film, and idiots call it art and call Tarantino an auteur.

      • Joe

        ^ This

      • Jason C.

        People called Sergio Leone an auteur and he ripped off a complete Kurosawa film. Scorsese has borrowed from filmmakers like Fellini and other Italian auteurs. I hate to tell you this, but every filmmakers includes homages to other filmmakers. The key is to do it well, and do something new. Tarantino’s dialogue is fresh, and he’s able to do it without it feeling ripped off. He’s able to make his own statements in his films without stealing ideology from other films, that’s what makes him an auteur.

      • dmac2498

        Obviously you prefer Micheal Bay instead? Outside of Nolan, name a better director than Tarantino?

      • Frank

        All-time? Too many to type. Currently active? Too many to type, but a sampling: David Fincher, David O. Russell, P.T. Anderson, Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Alfonso Cuaron, Wes Anderson . . . .

      • Larry

        LOL…dmac2498 gets pwned

      • heyman29323

        95% of directors don’t steal from other movies. The reason for that is because they’re all hacks working for a paycheck that are working on an idea that has been already done a thousand times. The ones that do participate so called “stealing” are the artists. You name one good director and their re-working from inspiration and making it their own that’s WHAT ARTISTS DO!

      • truheart

        That’s B.S. all directors steal from other directors. So what directors are completely original? Here’s your answer: None. Every director has taken from other directors. Every director I’ve ever heard talk has told stories about the “homage” they are making to another director. The 70’s were the most creative period in cinema history. Everything since then is just the same idea done with modern technology. I’m 100% sure that if Tarantino had never worked in a video store this conversation would never exist. That seems to be the main issue for the people who criticize him. They think that he’s a mimic copying all the movies he saw. Well what’s so different about going to film school? You study movie after movie, you break them down, and you copy the style of the filmmakers you admire. Take J.J. Abrams for instance, Super 8 is the most blatant Spielberg copy ever. Why not criticize the lack of originality in a movie like Super 8 instead of the balls to the wall filmmaking of Tarantino? At least Tarantino puts his own spin on the material.

  • Kevin

    I hope Idris Elba gets the role!

  • Woot

    Can’t wait! Then, after Django will he make Kill Bill 3 like he said?

  • A-K87

    Let’s get Elba on board and I will drool for the next 18 months for this porject.

    • dmac2498

      Agreed. I’m still PO-ed that Tyler Perry is going to be playing Alex Cross, so this would certainly make up for it. Can’t wait for this film. Outside of Nolan there is no better director in Hollywood than Tarintino

    • Mr. Holloway

      Absolutely agree!

      Landing the lead in a Tarantino flick would be more than a fitting consolation prize for losing out on playing Alex Cross in that almost certain Tyler Perry/Rob Cohen crapfest.

  • Jason C.

    That is possible, he said he wanted to wait until Ambrosia Kelley was 18 so she could reprise her role as Vernita Green’s daughter and take vengeance on Beatrix. She’s 16 now, so maybe they could begin shooting in 2013 if Tarantino still plans on doing that.

    • Greg

      It’s POSSIBLE, but doubtful. Just because there’s a slight opening to segue into a third story doesn’t mean he has to follow it up. A great deal would have to happen to make it feasible…like Vernita’s daughter somehow honing her killing skills (of which she has none and knows nothing of that vengeful world). Besides, would he ACTUALLY have to wait? He couldn’t just recast if he really wanted to do it?

  • ceebee

    Will Smith or Chris Rock!! Bleeechhhh! I vote for Elba!!!

  • heyman29323

    Tru hart if you read the rest of my comment i agree with you. I was kind of being sarcastic about 95% of directors, read the rest of my comment. My point was that I don’t think directors like Michael Bay steals from any inspirational moment in a movie. He just re-works everything we ever seen before in a movie. So in a way he is not stealing at all. He’s just applying the formula. And it is the artists that do the so called stealing and make it their own.

    • truheart

      My bad, your right. I was just tired of hearing that argument. I can admit when I’m wrong. Sorry about that rant,lol

  • heyman29323

    No problem. We obvious have the same kind of passion for film. 70s movies mostly are the ones I own. If you ever get a chance to see the movie scarecrow with al pacino and gene hackman it is a great example of directorial freedom and how a movie like this would never be made nowadays and has some of the best cimenatography at the beginning of that movie will knock your socks off. But it was hardly seen then all but lost now. But a great example of what we lost in cinema.

    • Julie

      Sorry Scott However, as I mentioned this is a iisivdve film, and you may end up enjoying it where I did not. As we know, reviews are only one person’s opinions.

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