Quentin Tarantino has set Jerrod Carmichael to co-write a film based on the crossover comic book series which served as a sequel to 2012’s “Django Unchained” sees Jamie Foxx’s bounty hunter teaming with the legendary swashbuckler Zorro reports Collider.
Written by Tarantino, the comic was released by Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics and is set several years after the events of “Django Unchained”. Django is still a bounty hunter working the western states when he encounters the aged and sophisticated Diego de la Vega soon finds himself fascinated by this unusual character. Django becomes Diego’s bodyguard and joins him on a mission to free the local indigenous people from slavery.
The earliest talk of the project came up five years ago, but now multiple sources for the outlet say the film adaptation is very real and Carmichael is working on the script, though it’s not clear if he’s writing it on his own with oversight from Tarantino, or fully co-writing with Tarantino himself and possibly another as-yet-unidentified writer.
Should the project go forward, it would likely end up at Sony Pictures. Sony handled the international release of “Django Unchained,” is releasing Tarantino’s latest film this Summer with “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” and released the last big-budget take on the Zorro character with the Antonio Banderas-led and critically acclaimed “The Mask of Zorro” in 1998 and its lesser sequel “The Legend of Zorro”.
What’s also unclear is whether Tarantino will direct the project himself, though he has said in the past that he intends to retire following his tenth film, or if this will likely end up being akin to his planned “Star Trek” film involvement with a co-writing and producing credit.
Carmichael recently co-wrote a remake of “48 Hrs.” with “Good Time” helmers the Safdie Brothers.