I don't feel like I need to spend any time contextualizing Django for you guys. Any of you who had never heard of the film a year ago most certainly have now thanks to Quentin Tarantino, who not only uses that film's namesake for Django Unchained but also offered a cameo to the man himself, Franco Nero, in a capacity about which I know nothing because I'm not some kind of magical basterd who got to see the film early.
There are tons of Django movies but only two official ones with Franco Nero: The 1966 original and 1987's Django Strikes Again. The moment you step beyond the Leone Spaghetti Westerns, you will find yourself knee-deep in Franco Nero, so even though he only played Django twice, he was still all over the place, often looking and acting completely different. If you've never seen his crazy Keoma, you can count on at least one great night in your future. You might also recognize him as the general WIlliam Sadler tries to free in Die Hard 2. You know, "Freedom!" *punch* "Not yet." That guy. Shit, now I need to go watch Die Hard 2.
Franco Nero is a badass, as is Django, his most famous character. So the idea that he might be returning for a third Django film is about the coolest thing ever. Apparently producers Eric Zaldivar and Mike Malloy are trying to do just that. The duo have already secured Nero for Django Lives! Here's a synopsis:
The story would have former gunslinger Django, in his twilight years, ending up as a silent-movie consultant in 1915 Hollywood and meeting an aspiring filmmaker with whom he reluctantly goes into business. When the filmmaker gets killed by racketeers, the young man’s gambling debts are considered transferred to Django, who must now flee for safety to a small rural community. But that town’s sharply divided inhabitants have their own problems, and Django becomes embroiled in a bloody conflict immediately upon arrival.
Sounds pretty incredible to me, but just about anything would. Looper's Noah Segan is expected to co-star just in case this all wasn't exciting enough already. Django Lives! is a still developing deal, so we'll just have to wait and see if it all materializes. In the meantime, go watch Keoma. And Die Hard 2.