TV series “Django”: the first clip of Sergio Corbucci’s western adaptation

An English-language reimagining of Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 cult world Spaghetti Western”djangowhich launched the career of Italian icon Franco Nero, and is set to kick off from the Rome Film Festival in October.

The high-concept television series, titled “Django”, will premiere in 2023 exclusively on Sky and streaming service NOW in all countries where Sky operates, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. It will also be broadcast on Canal + in France, Switzerland, the Benelux countries and Africa. The Rome Film Festival runs from October 13-23.

“Django” consists of 10 episodes starring Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone” and “Bullhead”) as the title character’s iconic shooter, alongside Nicholas Pinnock (“For Life”) as John Ellis, described As the “visionary” founder of the “new city of Babylon.” Lisa Vicari (“Dark”) plays Sarah, Django’s daughter. Nomi Rapas (The Millennium Trilogy) has the antagonistic role of John’s strong and ruthless enemy Elizabeth Thurman.

In a poignant homage to Corbucci’s origin, Nero appears in a major cameo.

Actors include Judah James, Penny O’Arthur, Eric Cole as children of John Ellis and Tom Austin as cowboy Eljah Turner.

Set in late 1800s Texas, the Spaghetti Western series is the story of an armed man searching for the truth about his family’s massacre with a woven narrative celebrating diversity and minorities. Django will find himself fighting for a bigger cause.

A distressed cowboy man searches for the daughter he thinks he has lost. In tracing its path, he comes to the new city of Babylon, a town at the bottom of a volcano’s crater, where all outcasts are welcomed and where all are equal and free. Here, Django discovers that his 20-year-old daughter Sarah is alive and is set to marry John Ellis, founder of the new city of Babylon. Sarah – who blames her father for the murder of her family, who was massacred many years ago when he was at war – wants Django to leave. But he refuses to give up and does everything in his power to get a second chance with her, becoming a valuable ally to Ellis, while they must defend New Babylon against the powerful Lady of Elmdale.

The first four episodes were directed by Francesca Comincini (“Gomora”), who also took over the general artistic direction of the show. The remaining six episodes were directed by David Evans (“Downton Abbey”) and Enrico Maria Artali (“Romulus”). Filmed in Romania, between Racos, Bucharest and the Danube region.

In a statement by its directors, Comincini described the innovative “Django” show as “a passionate tribute to the West intended to speak for our times.”

She went on to describe “Django” as “a series that is colourful, bright and at the same time sad and carries with it a sense of crisis for all we believe in, while we try to move forward with it in search of a second chance. In the rest of life once all our illusions are gone.”

“Django” is an Italian-French co-production created and written by Leonardo Fasoli (“Gomora”, “Zero Zero”) and Maddalena Ravagli (“Gomora”) who also co-wrote the series’ treatment with Francesco Cini and Michele Pellegrini. Completing the writing team is Max Hurwitz (“ZeroZeroZero”, “Manhunt”), who has written for two TV shows.

The high-end series of Sky and Canal + by . was produced Cattleya, which is part of ITV Studios and Atlantique Productions, and is part of French Mediawan. “Django” was produced jointly by Sky Studios and Canal+, in collaboration with Studiocanal and Odeon Fiction and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Romanian Government.

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