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Tarantino Speaks on Django Unchained

by Anne Thompson
May 3, 2011 6:01 AM
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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."

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