Quentin Tarantino To Co-Plot Django/Zorro Crossover With Matt Wagner
OK, here’s the first weird part: Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics are teaming up to release a comic series in which Django, the revenge-seeking slave from the movie Django Unchained, will meet Zorro, the guy who marks things with Z’s.
Now for the really weird and also cool part: Quentin Tarantino, the director of Django Unchained, is co-plotting the series alongside Grendel creator Matt Wagner. Reginald Hudlin, who wrote the acclaimed comic adaptation of Django Unchained for Vertigo, will serve as editor of Django/Zorro.
Here’s what Tarantino said about the project, according to a press release from Dynamite:
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.
Hudlin noted that this is the first time Tarantino has been involved in a story about a character from one of his films outside of those films. Wagner added that the project is, “an absolute thrill,” and it felt like he and Tarantino had known each other for years when they started working together.
Dynamite’s press release is full of quotes from the creators and executives who say just how exciting this project is (Dynamite publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci calls it a “dream project”) but it’s light on plot details. John Gertz, CEO of Zorro Productions, did note that Zorro has teamed up with The Lone Ranger and The Shadow in previous stories, but odds are this story will be quite different from those.
Django/Zorro doesn’t have a set release date, according to the release. The plan is for it to come out sometime this year. No artist has been named, either, but here’s one thing we do know: It’s fun to say the title.