The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Matthias Schoenaerts is set to star in the title role of Django, a ‘high concept reimagining’ of the 1966 Spaghetti Western film, being developed as a ten-part television series by Sky and Canal+.
The story, set in the Wild West in the 1860s and 1870s, focuses on Sarah and John, who have founded New Babylon, a city of outcasts, full of men and women of all backgrounds, races and creeds, that welcomes everyone with open arms. However, haunted by the murder of his family eight years earlier, Django is still looking for his daughter, believing she may have survived the killing. He is shocked to find her in New Babylon, about to marry John. Now a grown woman, Sarah wants Django to leave, as she fears he will put New Babylon in jeopardy if he stays. But thinking the city is in danger, Django is adamant that he will not lose his daughter twice.
Francesca Comencini, who will direct a few episodes as well as be the series’ artistic director, released a statement saying:
I was extremely attracted to this project as it features extremely strong female characters and delivers a thought-provoking reappraisal of masculinity in the Western genre. It’s a universal story with a narrative that celebrates diversity and minorities. I am certain Django will intrigue and captivate global viewers.
The series, loosely based on Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 film, and is being made by Cattleya, the ITV Studios-backed company behind Gomorrah. France’s Atlantique Productions are producing.
The series is being written by Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli, who co-wrote the series treatment alongside Francesco Cenni and Michele Pellegrini, with two episodes written by Max Hurwitz. Riccardo Tozzi of Cattleya and Olivier Bibas of Atlantique Productions will serve as executive producers.