Two-time Oscar-nominee John Sayles is reaching back — way back — for his next directorial project, as the filmmaker is currently set to write and direct the spaghetti western sequel Django Lives nearly 30 years after its predecessor hit movie screens, EW has confirmed.
Italian actor Franco Nero, who originated the character of Django in the 1966 film of the same name, is also set to return for the third installment in the series, as Showbiz411 first reported. A second film, Django Strikes Again, was released in 1987, though dozens of sequels loosely tied to the original film (despite not featuring Nero) have been produced over the years. After playing a Union soldier who becomes involved in a violent feud between a gang of Southern racists and a group of Mexican revolutionaries in Django, Nero went on to star in movies like Die Hard 2 (1990), Letters to Juliet (2010), and even had a voice role in Disney’s Cars 2 (2011).
Quentin Tarantino previously nodded to Nero’s involvement in the Django series in 2012, as Django Unchained (narratively unrelated to the original film) features a cameo by the 74-year old as a man who asks Jamie Foxx’s character how he spells his name.
Sayles has directed 18 feature-length movies throughout his career, including the drama Honeydripper (2007), starring Danny Glover and America’s Next Top Model alumni Yaya DaCosta, Lone Star (1996), and Passion Fish (1992). He last directed the 2013 crime thriller Go for Sisters starring LisaGay Hamilton.
No further details on Django Lives, including a release date or production timeline, have been released.