Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
The original script for Django Unchained was adapted into comic book form in 2013, and now Django is making a return to comic pages. Even better, his creator, Quentin Tarantino, will join the list of film directors who have dabbled in comics. Tarantino is co-writing a story that will match up Django and Zorro, to be co-published by Dynamite Entertainment and DC.
THR has the details, and one of them is pretty great. Tarantino’s co-conspirator on the comic will be writer/artist Matt Wagner — he’ll do the final script after he and Tarantino plot the book. That means that the comic might not be loaded with Tarantino’s signature dialogue, but presumably Wagner will attempt to bring some of that flavor to the story. We don’t know if Wagner will also provide the art. I’m holding out hope for a “yes” on that front.
That doesn’t seem too likely, however. Wagner has done his own Zorro stories in the past, with art from Francesco Francavilla. Seems more likely that Francavilla will handle art chores here, too. Reginald Hudlin, who scripted the Django Unchained comic adaptation, is serving as editor.
In a statement, Tarantino said,
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.
This will be an unusual project, as Tarantino has yet to participate in the continuation of one of his stories in a new medium. It’s not quite that Vega Brothers movie that he discussed off-handedly for years. Still fairly neat, though!
The series is set for release in the second half of 2014, but no specific date has been revealed.