Aside from some basic plot and casting information, not much is known about Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s Civil War-era take on Spaghetti Westerns (he’s calling it a “Southern”), in which Django (Jaime Foxx) is a slave freed by King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), and who struggles to free his wife from a plantation-owning villain (Leonardo DiCaprio).  /Film recently spoke to Django Unchained executive producer Michael Shamberg about what’s new with the film.

Tarantino and crew are shooting for a December 25th release date, which means the heat is on for Tarantino to complete Django Unchained in time.  According to Shamberg, he’s already seen some footage and it’s “amazing” (and yes, he has to say that, but I’m still excited):

/Film also points out that Shamberg has previously produced Pulp Fiction, The Big Chill, Reality Bites, A Fish Called Wanda, Out of Sight, and Contagion, which they rightfully note isn’t the worst track record that a producer could have.

Here’s hoping that Django Unchained can live up to the promise and potential that Inglourious Basterds hinted at in its various ‘short story’ set pieces, but only fitfully achieved overall (Quentin Tarantino fans, try not to murder my whole family in the comments section).

What do you think of the Django news?