In June 2019, the film world was abuzz with the news that Quentin Tarantino had enlisted Jerrod Carmichael to co-write a film adaptation of his crossover comic book series Django/Zorro. The project was set to star Jamie Foxx in the lead role alongside Antonio Banderas. The comic series, published by Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics, served as a sequel to Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained.
The potential collaboration promised an exciting and unique cinematic experience. However, in a 2022 interview with GQ, Carmichael said that Django/Zorro had been scrapped. While he did not elaborate, the director said he and Tarantino wrote “a $500 million film” starring Jamie Foxx and Antonio Banderas but eventually “saw the impossibility of it.”
Quentin Tarantino had plans to make a crossover movie about Django and Zorro with Jamie Foxx and Antonio Banderas, but the film was eventually scrapped.
Carmichael also expressed his admiration for Quentin Tarantino, referring to him as a “lunatic” whom he deeply respects. The writer said he cherished the time spent with Tarantino, talking and watching movies at the New Beverly cinema. Tarantino even shared with him scenes that never made it into his films, personally typed out in his kitchen while preparing fresh-squeezed lemonade.
The Django/Zorro movie was set several years after the events depicted in Django Unchained, with Django (Jamie Foxx) continuing his career as a bounty hunter. Due to a warrant on his head in the eastern states, he was only operating in the west. After ensuring the safety of his wife, Broomhilda, in Chicago, Django resumed his nomadic lifestyle, sending her money with each job he completed.
During his travels, Django’s (Jamie Foxx) path crosses with that of Diego de la Vega (Antonio Banderas), the dashing masked vigilante known as Zorro. This chance encounter sparks Django’s fascination with the man who possesses intellect and formidable fighting skills. Django eventually becomes Diego’s de facto bodyguard and helps him free the indigenous population from slavery.
The Django/Zorro movie was set several years after the events depicted in Django Unchained, with Django (Jamie Foxx) continuing his career as a bounty hunter.
Reports about the Django/Zorro project initially surfaced in the aftermath of the 2014 Sony hack, which exposed various email exchanges between Quentin Tarantino and former Sony executive Amy Pascal. In one email, Tarantino expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “D/Z could be really fun!” Pascal also praised the series, describing it as “super cool.”
However, the Jamie Foxx-led adaptation faced problems after differing accounts regarding the involvement of Carmichael in the scriptwriting process surfaced. Some sources suggested that Carmichael was working on the script independently, with oversight from Tarantino. Others indicated that Carmichael was co-writing with Tarantino and an additional, unidentified writer.
Django eventually becomes Diego’s de facto bodyguard and helps him free the indigenous population from slavery.
Although Sony never really provided any official comment on the matter, in 2022, Antonio Banderas told USA Today that Tarantino approached him to star in the Django/Zorro crossover movie. “He talked to me, I think, on the Oscar night [in 2020] when I was nominated for Pain and Glory. We saw each other at one of those parties. He just came up to me, and I was like, ‘In your hands? Yeah, man!’” the actor said.
“Quentin [Tarantino] just has that nature to do those types of movies and give them quality. Even if they are based on those types of B-movies of the ’60s and ’70s, he can take that material and do something really interesting,” Antonio Banderas added. “We’ve never worked together, but it would be great because of him, because of Jamie Foxx, and because of (playing) Zorro again when he’s a little bit older.”
“He [Tarantino] talked to me, I think, on the Oscar night [in 2020] when I was nominated for Pain and Glory. We saw each other at one of those parties. He just came up to me, and I was like, ‘In your hands? Yeah, man!’”Antonio Banderas
While the cancellation of Django/Zorro is disappointing news, fans can still enjoy the comic series. Released in 2014, it serves as a sequel to Django Unchained. Like the defunct Jame Foxx movie, the story takes place several years after the events of the film, with Django and Zorro teaming up to save the locals from slavery. The comics are available everywhere comics are sold.