Collider reports Quentin Tarantino has tasked Jerrod Carmichael with co-writing the film adaptation for a Django/Zorro film, based on the crossover comic book by the same name.
The comic book series, co-written by Tarantino and released by DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment, takes place several years after the events from the 2012 film Django Unchained. After finding a safe place for his wife Broomhilda to settle near Chicago, Django gets back on the road, continuing his work as a bounty hunter.
By sheer coincidence, Django comes into contact with an "aged and sophisticated" Don Diego de la Vega, better known as Zorro, and becomes fascinated by him. The two form a bond that takes them on a mission where Django becomes Diego's "bodyguard" in an effort to free the local indigenous people from slavery.
It’s currently unknown whether Carmichael is co-writing the script with Tarantino and another writer, or working alone with some oversight from the filmmaker. It’s also unclear if Tarantino will step behind the camera for Django/Zorro.
The more likely scenario is Tarantino will serve as executive producer, a hat he has previously worn for smaller films that he wanted to shine a light on, such as the Hostel series.
All of this chatter remains a moot point if the Django/Zorro film can’t get off the ground. Talk of the project stretches as far back as 2014 when the Sony hack revealed email exchanges between Tarantino and then-Sony boss Amy Pascal discussing a possible film adaptation.
Collider says one source overheard a conversation between Tarantino and Sony chief Tom Rothman during the Cannes Film Festival which seemed to suggest that the project was "moving forward and that Rothman was excited about its direction."