Due to the long-standing love affair between Quentin Tarantino and the Weinsteins, there was never really any question as to whether or not The Weinstein Company would be doing the domestic distributing for the filmmaker’s upcoming spaghetti western homage Django Unchained. Which studio would handle the international distribution was very much in question however, and the subject of a pretty intense bidding war. Popular opinion was that Universal would end up with the duties, as they just teamed up with Tarantino for Inglorious Basterds, and that was his most financially successful film in quite some time. Unfortunately for Universal, those works ended up getting gummed up because of The Fresh Prince.
Recent rumor says that Tarantino is courting Will Smith to take the lead role of the film, and the actor’s working relationship with Sony was probably the reason that Tarantino passed up on making a deal with Universal and went with Sony instead. Heck, I’d say probably doesn’t really cut it, Smith has practically been the mascot for Sony’s movie studio over the past decade by starring in things like Hitch, Hancock, The Pursuit Of Happyness, and the upcoming Men in Black III for the company. I’d say snubbing a successful past relationship with Universal in favor of doing something new with Sony is a pretty clear overture to the actor. Django Unchained is the story of an ex slave (maybe Will Smith) who comes under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (probably Christoph Waltz) and eventually goes on a mission to liberate his wife from her owner. That sounds very exciting, and if you want to read the script for yourself, I’m sure you can. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’ve checked it out, so it’s got to be floating around out there somewhere.
Source: Deadline Charleston