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Django is being unchained again, this time for TV.
French TV production group Atlantique (The Transporter) and Italy’s Cattleya (Gomorrah) are turning Sergio Corbucci’s iconic spaghetti Western, the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, into an English-language TV series.
The original 1966 feature, about a gunslinger with a coffin full of weapons, made a star out of Franco Nero and spawned an entire franchise. The Django character has appeared in more than 30 features and even made a cameo in Seth MacFarlane‘s Western spoof A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Atlantique and Cattleya are also teaming up to reboot another Italian genre classic: Dario Argento‘s 1977 giallo horror film Suspiria. The original film was inspired by the novel Suspiria De Profundis, from 19th century English writer Thomas De Quincey, best known for his autobiographical tale of addiction, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
The Suspiria television series will reimagine the tale as an period horror series with De Quincey as the lead character who, in Sherlock Holmes style, travels between London and Rome exploring dark mysteries. Argento is on board as an artistic supervisor for the series.
Atlantique and Cattleya are setting up Django and Suspiria as one-hour dramas, with 12-episode seasons and continuing storylines. They will be pitching the shows to international networks at television market MIPTV in Cannes next week.
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