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Tarantino’s Hateful Eight started as Django Unchained 2

Quentin Tarantino’s latest, “The Hateful Eight” originally started out as a sequel to the filmmaker’s 2013 offering “Django Unchained”.

Speaking to David Poland (via Collider), the filmmaker – known for toying with sequel ideas to his films; very little of them ever come to fruition – said his Kurt Russell starrer was originally conceived as a possible follow-up to his Jamie Foxx thriller.

“After doing Django I knew I didn’t want to do any Django movie sequels or anything, but I liked the idea of there being several paperbacks that could be the further adventures of Django or maybe go back in time, a couple more Django/Schultz adventures. So I hadn’t written a novel before and I thought I would just try my hand at writing a Django paperback. At the time it was called Django in White Hell. Instead of Major Warren (Samuel L.Jackson’s character) it was Django.”

Django, says Tarantino, just didn’t fit into the “Hateful” scenario well.

“Because I was introducing such rough characters in this piece, and there would be even more disreputable characters waiting for them [at the haberdashery], at a certain point I realized, ‘well you know what’s wrong with this piece? It’s Django. he’s needs to go. Because you shouldn’t have a moral center when it comes to these eight characters.’”

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