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Tarantino Speaks on Django Unchained

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 3, 2011 at 6:01AM

New York Vulture questioned Quentin Tarantino at the Film Society of Lincoln Center tribute to Sidney Poitier. Tarantino refused to confirm any casting for Django Unchained, including Christoph Waltz, and admitted that the script he finished last Tuesday and handed in to the Weinstein Co. was 366 pages long (that's wrong, I've got a 168-page script). A slight trim may be in order before Tarantino gets the green light. It's unlikely that the Weinstein Co., as well as they did with Inglourious Basterds (worldwide gross: $320 million) at 153 minutes, will want the movie to be quite that long.
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Thompson on Hollywood

New York Vulture questioned Quentin Tarantino at the Film Society of Lincoln Center tribute to Sidney Poitier. Tarantino refused to confirm any casting for Django Unchained, including Christoph Waltz, and admitted that the script he finished last Tuesday and handed in to the Weinstein Co. was 366 pages long (that's wrong, I've got a 168-page script). A slight trim may be in order before Tarantino gets the green light. It's unlikely that the Weinstein Co., as well as they did with Inglourious Basterds (worldwide gross: $320 million) at 153 minutes, will want the movie to be quite that long.

Waltz himself several weeks ago was playing coy with MTV Movies about his participation in the film. All I know is that Tarantino's agency WME believes that Waltz is cast in the movie. But Tarantino is right: until he gets a green light, nothing is real. But the script's role of a German bounty hunter who allies himself with a freed slave is tailor-made for Waltz. I can't imagine anyone else playing it.

Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) tweeted: "DJANGO UNCHAINED is an operatic southern... this is my favorite QT script. & I've read them all. This I absolutely love at every level."

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Independents, Stuck In Love, In Production, Quentin Tarantino, Western, Weinsteins, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.