When Italian actor Franco Nero arrived for the Los Angeles Italia festival not many people would have expected him to start a juicy Hollywood rumor before he left.
Nero did just that when he answered the question buzzing on the web since the success of Inglorious Basterds (2009): What will Quentin Tarantino’s next project be? Nero gave an Italian language interview with Movieplayer in which he claimed that
my next project will be a western … called “The Angel, the Brute and the Wise” and it’s an homage to Sergio Leone. It’s a film that includes humor and a lot of action, but also a great plot.
We already have around fifteen Americans on board who will be part of the project. Among the interested parties are Quentin Tarantino, Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, in all fifteen Americans who want to do the film, so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy. I’m sure that a project like this won’t be distributed in just one country, but in 150 countries around the world.
In retrospect, the news is hardly earth-shattering given Tarantino’s film references to Sergio Leone, the Italian accents in Inglorious Basterds and his love for the genre’s key musician, Ennio Morricone.
While the story started when The Playlist translated excerpts of Nero’s interview and Ain’t It Cool News ran with the rumor, no one has definite information on where the possible project will be filmed (guesses include Spain, Italy, and the U.S.) or which actors will ultimately be involved.
Until details are confirmed it seems that Hollywood and the internet will be awash in what might possibly be its first round of Italo-western gossip.