Quentin Tarantino's Next Film Will Be a Western

Director says it will not be a sequel to 'Django Unchained'

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Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in 'Django Unchained.'
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Quentin Tarantino said his next movie will be a Western during an appearance last night on The Tonight Show. The film will not be a sequel to Django Unchained but the director said the experience of making that movie inspired him want to make another in the same genre. "I had so much fun doing Django, and I love Westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one it's like, 'Well, OK, let me make another one now that I know what I'm doing,'" he said. He appeared on the show to promote the hardcover graphic novel of Django Unchained.

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The director, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Django, also told Leno about how his writing habits have changed in recent years to accommodate a more relaxing lifestyle. "[In the past] if I had to write during the day, I'd go out to a restaurant or go out to a bar and write in public and get the juices flowing that way, but then at home I'd write all night long," he said. "But that kind of changed around the time of Inglourious Basterds. I'd start writing at home from 10 in the morning until 5 or 6 or 7, whenever the muses leave you, and that would be the work for that day."

Beginning about five years ago, though, the director has preferred to retreat to his pool and "soak" after writing. While there, he thinks about what he has just finished scripting. "If I just finished a scene, then I'm thinking about the scene – 'How I can make it better?'" he said. "All these ideas come to me and dialogue, and I kind of work it out a little bit. And I get out of the pool and I make notes, but then I don't do them. I go out and I watch TV or I go hang out. And then the next day, [working on those notes is] my work."

Around the time Django Unchained was supposed to come out last year, Tarantino found himself defending the role of movies in everyday life. After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the movie's distributor canceled the film's premiere. The director then commented that linking movie violence with the school shooting was "disrespectful." He also chalked up the violence in Django as being just another element in a Western. "I just think, you know, there's violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers," he said. "It's a Western. Give me a break."