A new report from Collider claims that Quentin Tarantino is adapting his Django Unchained/Zorro comic book crossover into a feature film with the help of comedian Jerrod Carmichael, who is expected to co-write the screenplay.
Quentin Tarantino has tapped Jerrod Carmichael to co-write a Django/Zorro movie based on the crossover comic book series of the same name, multiple sources tell Collider. Written by Tarantino and released by Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics, the series served as a sequel to the director’s 2012 movie Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx.
The story takes place several years after the events of Django Unchained. Django is still a bounty hunter, and since there’s a warrant on his head back east, he has mainly been plying his trade in the western states. After safely settling his wife, Broomhilda, near Chicago, he takes to the road once again, sending her funds whenever he completes a job. It’s by sheer chance that he encounters the aged and sophisticated Diego de la Vega — the famed Zorro — and soon finds himself fascinated by this unusual character, who can also hold his own in a fight. It’s not long before Django becomes Diego’s ‘bodyguard’ and joins him on a mission to free the local indigenous people from slavery.
However, they cannot confirm if Tarantino will director, Jerrod will co-write with Tarantino or with another unnamed writer. They also suggest but can’t confirm that there is a good chance the project could land at Sony Pictures, who recently worked with Quentin on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. There seems to be a lot of details missing here that could get cleared up during the press junket for Hollywood in the coming weeks.
If the project goes forward, I would have to assume that actors Jaime Foxx and Kerry Washington would reprise their roles from Django Unchained. It would be kind of interesting to see Tarantino tackle the character of Zorro, and who he’d end up casting in the role.
Tarantino is also still loosely attached to an untitled Star Trek project that The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith is currently writing as well.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie is set for release on July 26th.