Django’s showrunner lifts the lid on reimagining 1872 in modern times

On Wednesday, Sky Atlantic’s new western drama Django premiered with a star-studded cast led by titular actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Ahead of its release director Francesca Comenini spoke exclusively to about reimagining the late 1800s.

Django transports viewers to the 19th-century Wild West, to Babylon, a town founded by John Ellis (played by Nicholas Pinnock).

As well as shining a light on his leadership and complicated relationship with an enemy, the show follows the jaded cowboy, Django.

He arrives in the town after a treacherous journey hoping to reunite with his long-lost daughter, Sara (Lisa Vicari).

Only to discover Sara is alive and about to marry John Ellis.

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The spaghetti western drama is based on the 1966 Italian film of the same name by Sergio Corbucci.

In order to successfully depict the Wild West, filming took place in Romania, with Babylon constructed by Paki Meduri in the town of Racoș.

However, as well as ensuring the scenes were adapted, Francesca spoke on the importance of staying true to the original film.

She told “I had to make a kind of research of course, and have the source, the visual source, and the paintings.

Viewers will see Sara and Django reunite, and although he is relieved to finally find his daughter, Sara has nothing but hatred for her father.

She blames Django for the brutal massacre of her entire family, who all died while he was away at war.

Although Django wants to start afresh and get to know his now adult daughter, Sara wants him to leave Babylon.

Throughout a series of flashbacks, viewers will see the close bond Sara once shared with her father.