With the exception of Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Volume 2, which were filmed simultaneously and are really just two halves of the same story, Quentin Tarantino has delivered a sequel to any of his movies. However, that could soon change, because word’s come in that Django Unchained is getting a follow-up that’s based on the comic book series where he teamed up with legendary pulp hero Zorro.
Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics jointly published the Django/Zorro seven-issue miniseries from 2014 to 2015, which Quentin Tarantino worked on with longtime comic book writer Matt Wagner. Fast-forward to now, plans are in motion to adapt this story into a movie, as Collider reports that Tarantino has tapped Jerrod Carmichael of The Carmichael Show fame to write the script for this Django Unchained/Zorro crossover project.
Apparently Sony has been interested in tackling such a project since around the time the comic book series was being published. One of the emails in the infamous 2014 Sony hack showed that Quentin Tarantino told the studio’s then-head honcho Amy Pascal that a team-up between those characters sounded “super cool.”
While it’s unclear if the Django/Zorro movie is officially set up at Sony, the studio did handle the international release of Django Unchained, and after Quentin Tarantino cut ties with The Weinstein Company, he brought his latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, to Sony. So it would make sense for this movie to find a home there.
It hasn’t been clarified if Jerrod Carmichael is working on the Django/Zorro script on his own, if Quentin Tarantino is tackling it with him or if another, unidentified writer is involved. It also remains to be seen if Quentin Tarantino would direct Django/Zorro, though as the report notes, Tarantino has said many times that he plans to retire after making his tenth film, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Film #9. So it’s a good bet that he may end up simply producing Django/Zorro should it get the green light.
For those unfamiliar with the original Django/Zorro comic book, it took place several years after the events of Django Unchained and followed the Jamie Foxx-portrayed character continuing his bounty hunting and sending money from his jobs back to his wife, Hildi. During one job in the Southwest, he crosses paths with Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro, and the two join forces to the local indigenous people from slavery.
No doubt Jamie Foxx would reprise Django in this adaptation, as it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the character. As for Zorro, it’ll be a while until we learn who will don the mask and wield the sword, but this would mark the character’s first big screen appearance since 2005’s The Legend of Zorro, where he was reprised by Antonio Banderas.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more news on how Django/Zorro is coming along. In the meantime, you can plan your trips to the movie theater this year accordingly by looking through our 2019 release schedule.