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Cult spaghetti western character first seen in 1966 to be revived with original actor after Tarantino's reworking

In the wake of the mainstream success of Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained, it has been announced that a new Django film, starring Franco Nero, the Italian actor who originated the role in Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti western, is to play the gunslinger once again.

Although there have been over 30 films containing the character since 1966, there has only been one "official" sequel, 1987's Django Strikes Again, directed by Corbucci and starring Nero. Now, however,an American company called Point Blank has secured the rights to the character, and is aiming to set up a third Django film, to be called Django Lives.

According to the company's press release, Django Lives is set in 1915, when the older Django has become a "consultant to silent-movie Westerns... After getting entangled with racketeers, Django fights back, and all hell breaks loose. »

- Andrew Pulver

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