When the script for Quentin Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight initially leaked, the incensed writer/director said he was considering adapting the screenplay into a book before he decided whether or not to make the movie. His temper seems to have subsided since then, considering the movie is reportedly set to start shooting later this year with the same cast from his successful Live Read a couple of months ago. But now it appears that Tarantino will be delving into the publishing world sooner than he anticipated: THR reports that he’ll collaborate with comic book writer Matt Wagner to continue the adventures of the title character from Django Unchained in a crossover story with the swashbuckling pulp hero Zorro.
DC Entertainment and Dynamite Entertainment will co-publish the series, which will be called Django/Zorro. It’s also important to note that this won’t be just a one-off: the term being used to describe the project is “series,” which implies multiple issues. It’s slated to hit shelves in the back half of 2014. Here’s what Tarantino had to say about Django/Zorro:
I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt. It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together. And the story idea we came up with is thrilling, and I think will be an exciting new chapter for both characters.
Zorro hasn’t been on the pop culture radar since Antonio Banderas played him in the excellent The Mask of Zorro (1998) and its not-nearly-as-strong sequel, The Legend of Zorro (2005), but Django has been all over the place lately, from Tarantino’s recent comments about creating a four hour miniseries out of the film (complete with 90 minutes of unseen footage) to – spoiler alert – a recent post-credits cameo in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in The West. I really like both of these characters and the concept of them teaming up is interesting enough on its own, but if Tarantino finds it fascinating enough to co-write the series himself, that’s a huge way to get a ton of film fans to head to their local comic book shops later this year. I don’t read comics anymore (I’m too busy trying to keep up with movies and TV!), but I may have to make an exception for this one.
What do you think? Interested to see what a Tarantino comic book looks like?
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