Django Will Meet Zorro In A New Comic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.18.2014
With input from Quentin Tarantino...
Superhero Hype reports that Dynamite Entertainment has announced a comic cross over between Django and Zorro in a comic continuation of the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. Django/Zorro was co-plotted by Tarantino and Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel, The Shadow, Zorro). Reginald Hudlin, writer of the Eisner Award nominated Django Unchained screenplay adaptation and a producer of the film will work with both Tarantino and Wagner as the editor. It comes from Dynamite Entertainment and DC Entertainment later this year.
Here are some quotes from those involved:
Quentin Tarantino: "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."
Writer Matt Wagner: "This project is an absolute thrill. When Quentin and I first met, it felt like we'd known each other for years. The give-and-take energy of our initial story sessions was just incredible! It's a particular buzz to be writing Zorro once again…and especially to team him up with the magnetic lead character from Quentin's most straight-up heroic movie, Django Unchained! The Wild West is never gonna be the same once these two come to town!"
Producer Reggie Hudlin: "This series is the first time Quentin Tarantino explored the continuing adventures of one of the characters from his films. That he would do it in a comic book demonstrates his love and appreciation of the medium. Quentin is not just a comic collector – he's got a spinner rack in his house!"
Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci: "First and foremost, this is a dream project to have both Quentin and Matt, both master storytellers, collaborate for the first time by bringing the scope of cinema to the comics medium. I can't express how happy I am to co-publish this series with DC Entertainment, and release what is sure to be THE Cross-Over event of the year."
Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President of Vertigo and Integrated Publishing, DC Entertainment: "We are excited to see that our Eisner-nominated Django Unchained movie adaptation has inspired Django's appearance with Zorro and are pleased to be part of what is sure to be a highly-anticipated crossover event."
John Gertz, CEO of Zorro Productions, Inc: "In previous adventures, Zorro's rich history has teamed him up with the Shadow and with the Lone Ranger, as well as many other iconic characters. But this will be his greatest meeting yet! Django and Zorro are the perfect team, and so are Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner. It is an honor for us to work with these two masters of their craft."
Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor: "Matt has worked hand-in-hand with Quentin to put together a meeting the likes of which comics have never seen."
Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager of Dynamite Entertainment: "Django Unchained captures the same spirit as Zorro — namely, that the bad guys get what's coming to them. We're a culture that has thrilled to, and thrived on, the swift and brutal justice of the vigilante. In the deft hands of mind-blowing filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and master storyteller Matt Wagner, the explosive comic book pairing of these two Western icons will surely satisfy that most guilty pleasure."