Ify: I agree with you on the friends casting too. That didnt help his last two films at all.
After reading the new script I can say that its one of QTs best as far as whats on the page. Its really not like anything hes done so far either. Its a western style adventure story set in the slavery era South during the 1800s. So no, People arent gonna be talking about Royales with Cheese and making references to Lee Marvin and Trix (haha). But I really enjoyed the way the people spoke in this story, and its neat to hear QTs take on that old fashioned wordplay. The way Id describe it is: if QT was a popular novel writer back then, this would be his new paperback western or southern. So as far as the dialogue/writing goes, its beautifully done. There were certain parts (very very few) that I wasnt completely thrilled by, but those things can always be worked out when theyre actually filmed.
Now how the film is cast/shot/scored etc is another thing. I really dont know if QT plans on making it a huge epic or a more medium sized piece, but I have no doubt it will be an exciting film when its all done. Its def got alot of juicy roles for actors to get into. I hope QT brings back some familiar faces along with new ones.
P.S. After hearing about Will Smith as Django I went back and read it again visualizing him talking/acting the part and it definitely worked great. As we know even if youre not a huge fan of an actor, just the fact theyre working with QT can make them seem 100% cooler to you.
If this does actually star Smith and Waltz, wow that will be very neat to see.