Comic book imprint Dynamite Entertainment publishes adaptations of popular cult franchises in other media — including the Army of Darkness, Terminator and RoboCop graphic novels. For the company’s tenth anniversary, the publisher is issuing the first-ever sequel to a Quentin Tarantino movie, called Django Meets Zorro. It’ll hit stores this November.
Website Collider recently spoke with Tarantino and writer Matt Wagner, of Mage and Grendel fame, to discuss their new collaboration. The filmmaker was keen to see issues of racism and oppression he touched upon in Django Unchained, about a freed slave who faces a brutal Mississippi plantation owner in the Antebellum South, in the comic book. “The thing that I thought was such a great idea was the [thought] of taking the most famous fictional Mexican Western hero and putting him with one of the newer famous Black fictional western heroes. Put them together and just have them fight oppression,” he told the website. And if you’re wondering if Tarantino will ever actually film a Django sequel, the filmmaker had this to say:
The thing with Django – I don’t know if I’ll ever do a movie sequel to it – but if I did it would have to be something connected to the first movie in an epic way. I always loved the idea of there being Django paperbacks that further the adventures. But when we went to talk to people about making them, I couldn’t let it go. I couldn’t let some guy just do it. I’d read their synopsis and I’d think ‘No — you’re f**king up the mythology.’ So this was the perfect opportunity for me.
Apparently Django star Jamie Foxx is also on board with the new comic. According to Tarantino: “I just bumped into him a couple months ago and mentioned it to him. He thought it was a fantastic idea. He was like ‘Can we make a movie of this? Because I’m there. Let’s get Antonio [Banderas]. Let’s make a movie.’ “
Sounds like we can also expect to see the Christoph Waltz’s Dr. King Schultz again, too — at least in flashback form: “I wrote this one scene I really liked for the film but I don’t think I ever put it into the script because it was too long to begin with. But I always liked it. It shows Shultz modus operandi — how he talks up everything and finds a way out. I always liked the scene. So when I was talking to Matt I was like ‘Why don’t we take this whole scene just the way I wrote it and stick it into the flashback.’ He was like ‘Oh — that’s great.’”
Sadly, Kerry Washington’s Broomhilda, Django’s wife he fights to rescue in the film, will not make an appearance — but we learn that she’s working with the Abolitionists and “telling her stories to raise money for the underground railroad.”
The interview also uncovers Tarantino’s favorite scenes that he’s written and a hint about a — gasp — science fiction story the director is mulling over for a possible future project. Finally, Tarantino offers an update on Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — the single film version of the two-parter with an extended animation sequence joining them.
What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said – ‘ok’. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway – The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.
Let us know if you’ll be reading Tarantino in graphic novel form when Django Meets Zorro hits shelves this November.