Quentin Tarantino is reportedly working on a sequel to Django Unchained, and it’s going to feature an unexpected western hero.
Django is set to be joined by the legendary swordsman Zorro in the new film, which will be an adaptation of the comic book crossover Django/Zorro. That graphic novel, which was co-written by Tarantino, was labeled ‘the official sequel’ to the film, and it admittedly goes in some pretty fun directions. Taking place a few years after Django Unchained, Django’s journeys as a bounty hunter take him to the American Southwest. There, he crosses paths with Zorro’s alter ego, Diego de la Vega. Diego takes Django under his wing and employs him as his bodyguard, with the duo eventually joining forces to free a village of enslaved locals.
The movie will presumably follow the same rough plotline, and Tarantino has enlisted comedian and actor Jerrod Carmichael to work on the script. Carmichael is an interesting choice, as he is best known for comedy and has not written a feature film before. However, he did create the sitcom The Carmichael Show, which was acclaimed for its ability to tackle difficult social issues. That is something which Django/Zorro will almost certainly set out to do, so when looking at the decision through that lens, Carmichael’s inclusion starts to make more sense. According to Collider, it’s unclear if Carmichael and Tarantino are writing the script together, or if Carmichael is taking the lion’s share of the work with oversight from the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director.
There’s no word yet on when Django/Zorro could hit theaters, or whether it will even end up getting made. But the mere idea of these two western heroes teaming up on the big screen should be enough to strike fear in the hearts of evildoers everywhere.