Show of the week: Django

This reimagining of the classic 1960s Western stars Matthias Schoenaerts as the eponymous Django, along with award-winning actress Noomi Rapace.

Set in the Wild West in the 1860s and 1870s, Django is a man haunted by the murder of his family eight years earlier, and is still looking for his daughter Sarah, believing that she may have survived.

Django has a captivating storyline with a contemporary and psychological twist as well as a unique feminist angle – all of which create a major shift in the narrative and challenges the standards of the genre,” reveals Beatriz Campos, SVP of global sales and production financing at StudioCanal.

Explaining how the 10 x 60-minute series updates Django’s story from previous adaptations, she adds: “We are able to dig much deeper into the complexity of Django’s character than earlier feature films, including his never-before-seen backstory.”

Shocked to finally find Sarah alive and well in the city of New Babylon, Django does not however get the reunion he expected or hoped for.

Sarah, now a grown woman and about to be married, wants Django to leave, as she fears he will put New Babylon in jeopardy if he stays.

However, Django, believing that the city is in danger, is adamant that he will not lose his daughter twice.

“This is the next major partnership between Canal+ and Sky Europe – one of their most ambitious productions to date,” says Campos, sharing the show’s global potential.

“Even though it is set in the Wild West in the 1860s and ‘70s and is designed to show an accurate representation of the period, Django is definitely a story of our time.

“Celebrating multi-culturalism, minorities and the value of family – it is a story of how disparate people can unite to survive against all odds.”

Producers: Atlantique Productions & Cattleya
Distributor: StudioCanal
Broadcasters: Sky, Canal+
Logline: Reimagining of the classic Western about a man searching for his missing daughter, following the murder of his family years earlier

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