Django: Iconic Spaghetti Western into TV Series

French TV production group Atlantique (The Transporter) and Italy’s Cattleya (Gomorrah) are turning DjangoSergio Corbucci’s iconic spaghetti Western, the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, into an English-language TV series.

The original, 1966 feature, about a gunslinger with a coffin full of weapons, made a star out ofFranco Nero and spawned an entire franchise.
The Django character has appeared in more than 30 features and even made a cameo in Seth MacFarlane‘s Western spoof A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Atlantique and Cattleya are also teaming up to reboot another Italian genre classic: DarioArgento‘s 1977 giallo horror film Suspiria. The original film was inspired by the novel Suspiria De Profundis, from 19th Century English writer Thomas De Quincey, best known for his autobiographical tale of addiction: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

The Suspiria television series will re-imagine the tale as an period horror series with De Quincey as the lead character who, in Sherlock Holmes style, travels between London and Rome exploring dark mysteries. Argento is on board as an artistic supervisor for the series.

Atlantique and Cattleya are setting up Django and Suspiria as one-hour dramas, with 12 episode seasons and continuing storylines. They will be pitching the shows to international networks at television market Mip TV in Cannes next week.