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Stalked: Shahrukh Khan in Slumdog and Miike's Western Django goes worldwide

DannyBoyle.jpgShahrukh Khan is in talks for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire and Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django gains worldwide distribution.

Shahrukh Khan has been approched by Danny Boyle to star in Slumdog Millionaire. Khan is set to play the host of the Millionaire show, Kaun Banega Crorepati. The film is based on the story of a guy who appears on the Indian Millionaire show to get noticed by a girl he wants to impress, however he ends up winning and the people behind the show think he's cheating. Thanks to Ramchandra for the story which is over at Bollywood Mantra.

Takashi Miike's Japanese Western has been bought by Celluloid Dreams for non-Asian worldwide distribution according to Variety. Sukiyaki Western Django is shot entirely in English and has two rival clans in a mountain town living in a tight balance of power searching for some lost treasure. A stranger arrives in the town and begins to upset that balance. What's interesting is that the visuals are a mix of Wild West and medieval Japan with everything from Samurai swords to six shooters being used.



Nice to see westerns making a comeback. I was sitting watching The Big Country on sky this week with my 13 year old son when it occurred to me that his generation have almost no exposure to the genre. In fact the only other western I can recollect watching with him was Open Range with Kevin Costner and the always excellent Robert Duvall. Mainstream cinema has been pretty much SciFi/Fantasy, CGI, cartoons etc. for him. I was surprised at how much he liked the film. So now I have a great excuse to dig up some classics. True Grit, The Magnificent Seven, Shane, Blazing Saddles.
And the new wave of releases on the horizon. 3:10, Jessie James.
Yippie Kay-Ay and so forth.

You've given me an idea for a feature, should we ask everyone for their best westerns?

Not sure if I'd elect it but I'd nominate it real good.


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