Django Unchained is getting an all-new movie sequel, as the comic book series Django / Zorro is heading to the big screen. Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino previously wrote a sequel to his 2012 movie Django Unchained for Dynamite Entertainment, depicting an unexpected team-up between Django and the legendary Zorro. Now, Tarantino is hoping to see the crossover story playing out in theaters, as he has tapped Jerrod Carmichael to work on a screenplay for the movie version. As of now, it’s not clear if Tarantino is co-writing with Carmichael or serving as a creative consultant. Not much other information is yet known about the project at this time.
In the comic book series, the plot is set several years after Django Unchained, serving as a sequel to the movie. It follows Django’s adventures as a bounty hunter in the West, sending his wife home cash after every job he takes on. During these travels, Django comes across Diego de la Vega, whom we all of course know best as the one and only Zorro. Fascinated by the skilled swordsman, Django strikes up a friendship with Zorro, and joins him on a mission to free slaves from their captors. It’s a crossover most people probably weren’t expecting, and yet the two gel together very well on the printed page. Hopefully, that will also translate just as well on the big screen.
Django Unchained was released in 2012, starring Jamie Foxx in the titular role. Taking place in a revisionist history before the Civil War, it follows Django working with German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Cristoph Waltz) to take down some of the most fearsome criminals of the South. They wind up facing a plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who’s keeping Django’s wife (Kerry Washington) as a slave. The movie was a big success, banking over $425 million at the box office. It did just as well critically, earning it several prestigious award nominations such as a Best Picture Academy Award. For the script, Tarantino won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and a BAFTA.
At this stage, it seems pretty unlikely Tarantino will be directing the project, even if it’s an official sequel to one of his movies. The director has hinted that he will be done with his movie career after shooting his tenth feature film. With nine movies now currently under his belt, one would think Quentin Tarantino is going to be very choosy when it comes to picking his curtain call. As exciting as Django/Zorro might be, it wouldn’t seem like a fitting end for such a legendary career. In the meantime, we can all check out Tarantino’s ninth movie when Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters on July 26.
Considering the comic book series is tons of fun, there’s a lot of potential for a Django/Zorro movie to be the same. If Tarantino is involved, even outside of the director’s chair, and Jamie Foxx returns to reprise the role, there’s going to be a lot of excitement surrounding the movie upon its release. This information comes to us from Collider.