John Sayles Tapped to Write New 'Django' Western (Exclusive)

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Franco Nero is returning as the outlaw soldier in a role he originated in 1966.

It took upwards of three decades, but a third Django spaghetti Western is taking shape.

Fast Draw Films has tapped Oscar nominee John Sayles to write Django Lives!, which is to be the third outing of Franco Nero as the outlaw Civil War soldier with blood-soaked hands.

Nero originated the role in 1966's Django, which became one of the most influential films in the spaghetti Western genre, setting off hosts of imitators with the name Django in the title and even inspiring Quentin Tarantino, who made Django Unchained. Nero came back to the character in 1987 with Django 2.

No director is on board at this stage.

Sayles is a highly regarded scribe who was nominated for an Oscar for penning Lone Star, a modern Western he also directed. His work is known for tackling class conflict and history and ranges from Matewan and Eight Men Out to Sunshine State and Go for Sisters. He got his start in horror, with his first credit being the original Piranha, and he also co-wrote The Howling.

“John Sayles is a master of literature,” said Nero. “His Lone Star is one of the greatest modern Westerns ever shot. He knows how to be exquisitely cultivated and people-oriented at the same time, exactly like another master I’ve worked with, Mr. Orson Welles. And that says a lot.”

Louis Black, Carolyn Pfeiffer, David Hollander and Nancy P. Sanders are producing via Fast Draw.