Original 'Django' Franco Nero Working on New Film for Iconic Character
Speaking on the sidelines of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, Nero said the new film will be set in 1915, in the early days of cinema when heroes of the old west -- like real-life cowboy heroes Wyatt Erp and Buffalo Bill Cody -- worked as consultants for western-themed films and theater productions. In the story, Django will work as one of those figures.
Nero said the working title of the new project, which (unlike the original Spaghetti Western films) will be filmed in the U.S., is Django Lives. Work is just starting on the project.
Though the Django franchise inspired many films, Nero, 71, has acted in just three of them: the original Django, Nello Rossatti's Django Strikes Again from 1987, and in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, where Nero had a cameo role opposite Jamie Foxx's version of the Django character.
All told, Nero, who began acting internationally after being discovered by John Huston, has made nearly 200 films over a 50-year career, including Joshua Logan's version of Camelot, where Nero's interpretation of Sir Lancelot earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
The Ischia Global Film & Music Fest got underway July 13, when Nero and his wife, actress Vanessa Redgrave, were among the opening-night honorees. The island festival, held off the coast of Naples, wraps up Sunday.