Sony Pictures has scored the international rights to Quentin Tarantino’s next project, the spaghetti western “Django Unchained” reports Deadline.
Many thought said rights would end up at Universal Pictures where “Inglourious Basterds” proved highly profitable for all concerned. Last Friday, a big meeting went down between Tarantino and Universal to try and woo him.
The rights going to Sony however is now being seen as a gesture to entice Will Smith into taking the lead role. Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment is partnered with Sony and that’s where he himself has resided in recent years with films like “Hancock,” “Hitch,” “Seven Pounds,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” and the upcoming “Men in Black III”
Smith hasn’t been confirmed for the titular role of Django as yet and is said to be still pondering the offer. The actor’s professional persona is carefully controlled and a project like this is thought to be a big gamble.
The Weinstein Company has the domestic rights for the film which will shoot later this year.