Back in 2014, Sony Pictures got hacked, revealing an email exchange between then-chairperson Amy Pascal and Quentin Tarantino that discussed the possibility of adapting the crossover comic book series Django/Zorro—a seven issue mini-series co-written by Tarantino and Matt Wagner. Collider is reporting that those discussions have moved from the hypothetical—Tarantino’s email read, “D/Z could be really fun!”—to the real.
Tarantino is reportedly working with Jerrod Carmichael and potentially a third writer to co-write the Django Unchained sequel.
The story happens after the events of Django Unchained, with Django having to work out west due to the bounties on his own head in the east. With his wife, Broomhilda, settled in Chicago, Django happens to run into the older Diego de la Vega. Django becomes Diego’s bodyguard, discovering that de la Vega is actually the famous Zorro. The pair set out on a mission to free the local indigenous people from slavery.
There’s no solid word on what role Tarantino will be playing with this movie, though given his announcement that he will retire from directing after his 10th film, it seems likely that he’ll take on the producer role. It’s also unclear as to who will handle the film. Most likely Sony will, or will at least have first dibs. Tarantino is in the midst of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which he is doing with Sony.
Tarantino’s choice to work with Carmichael is no surprise, given the standup comic’s recent success with The Carmichael Show. Carmichael is also working on Hulu’s comedy series Ramy, as well as the remake of 48 Hours. Carmichael will also star alongside Christopher Abbot in On the Count of Three, which will also be his directorial debut.
Tarantino is currently working on a director’s cut of Django Unchained, which will reportedly run three hours. That, coupled with the success of Django (the film brought in USD$162 million domestically and USD$425 million globally, not to mention being nominated for five Academy Awards and winning the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor), it seems like it would be foolish for Tarantino not to follow it up with another tale.