It’s been almost a year since Django Unchained arrived in theaters, and fans of Quentin Tarantino are likely to be eager to know what the director has coming up next. Tarantino revealed one key piece of information about his next project on The Tonight Show last night, telling Jay Leno that he’s working on a new western. But rest assured, it isn’t a sequel to Django Unchained.
The clip from The Tonight Show begins with Tarantino and Leno talking about the Django Unchained book based on the film’s screenplay. And that quickly leads into Tarantino discussing what he’s working on next.
"I can’t talk that much about it," Tarantino tells Leno. "But I will say one thing — I’ve never told anyone this publicly — but I will say the genre. It’s a western. Another western. It’s not a Django sequel, but it’s another western."
From the sound of it, his experience working on Django has opened up a whole new genre for the director, as he explains, "The thing is, I had so much fun doing Django and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like, ‘OK, well let me make another one now I know what I’m doing."
The last time we were talking about Quentin Tarantino, it had to do with his choice not to appear in Kevin Smith’s The Tusk and his thoughts on Batman. He also shared his Top 10 films of 2013 (so far). And all of that was just in October, so it’s not as though he’s disappeared into the cosmos since Django stormed into theaters last December. But it’s still exciting to hear an update on what he has coming next, and interesting to note that it seems like he’s decided to stick with westerns for the time being.
We’ll have to wait and see what kind of story he’s working on, including where and exactly when this new film is set. As Leno points out in the interview. he was always a fan of the late 1800 westerns, "when mechanisms were just coming into play." While the genre of American Westerns generally encompasses stories set in the "Old West," the era spans decades, so there’s certainly variety when it comes to the stories being told and the specific backdrop. Considering Django was set in 1858, we know Tarantino’s a bit more familiar with that time period, so he may stick with that, but who knows? We’ll have to wait and see what other details emerge about the project.