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Quentin Tarantino’s Django/Zorro movie (starring Antonio Banderas) is canceled

Quentin Tarantino’s filmography is populated by projects that never had the chance to see the glow of the sets. Despite a long career of more than thirty years, the director has, ultimately, not turned so much. Nine feature films, a few scripts adapted by other hands (True Romance, Born Killers), a segment in Four Rooms and a scene from the movie Sin City, and two episodes of television series (Emergencies and CSI), a list finally enough reduced given the popularity of this director, considered one of the most talented of his generation. In the graveyard of failed projects, the Django/Zorro adaptation joins Kill Bill vol. 3, Kill Bill vol. 4, his Star Trek or Double V Vega.

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In development for three years, this curious idea for a feature film stems from a cascade of unexpected events. It all starts with the adaptation in comics from the complete Django Unchained script, published by Vertigo/DC Comics in parallel with the theatrical release of this film, Quentin Tarantino’s seventh work for the cinema. In the preface, the filmmaker, a big fan of comics (and in particular of western versions of the repertoire), explained that he was frustrated at having to condense the scenario of this umpteenth adventure to fit it into a format that would not exceed three hours of duration. Known for his particularly ample style of writing, Tarantino often got into the habit of throwing certain ideas into the trash for lack of space (as in the case of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where he had to channel these editing scraps into a novelization this time edited without images, in novel format).
Entrusted to Reginald Hudlin, Jason Latour and RM Guera, the comic book adaptation of Django Unchained therefore included the entire scenario. This sequential prank achieved, Tarantino decided to allow himself another whim: a crossover between the character of Zorro, whose publishing rights belonged to Dynamite Entertainment, and his own western hero, Django. Pulling on enough time to orchestrate the meeting of these two characters, the director wrote a new script centered on an older Don Diego, always happy to play the swordsman to defend the weak and the innocent, and a Django happy to come in help this new gray-haired mentor figure. Matt Wagner will take care of tweaking this script to make it compatible with sequential writing, with artist Esteve Polls on the drawings.
Ultimately, Tarantino, more a filmmaker than a comic book author, will want to convert the fruit of this work into a feature film. This would have been the tenth – and the last – of his filmography, if we are to believe the words of the director who did not see himself continuing the work beyond this unique symbolic decalogue. Unfortunately for the curious, we will still have to wait: according to the editorial staff of Variety, the Django / Zorro project was nipped in the bud, an apparent victim of its ambition in terms of the budget for the news of post-pandemic releases. Jerrod Carmichael, hired to co-write the script, admits his disappointment.

“Quentin is a lunatic, I adore him, and I’m happy with the time we spent together. We watched exploitation films at New Beverly, he read me scenes he had never had before. “opportunity to use in his films, things he used to write in his kitchen after making us lemonade with fresh lemons. It was a special moment for me. And I have to say, the script was really, really amazing, and I would like Sony to find a way to produce this film, but I realize that is impossible. Yet, I think we wrote a $500 million script.”

Other news, the actor Antonio Banderas, interpreter of Zorro (Alejandro Murrieta, not Don Diego de la Vega) in the two films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro by Martin Campbell, had been approached by Tarantino two years ago, during the Academy Awards. Banderas was present, nominated in the Best Actor category for Pain & Glory, while the director was nominated in several categories for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The two men would have cut the piece of fat, and Banderas would have even been quite enthusiastic at the idea of ​​​​finding the black mask.

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“We ran into each other at one of those parties. He just came up to me and I said ‘with you? Of course man!’ Because Quentin just has this talent to make these kinds of movies and give them a special quality, even if it’s this kind of B-movie from the sixties or sixties, he can tap into it and make something out of it. really interesting.

We’ve never worked together, but it would be great, because it’s him, because Jamie Foxx, and because I could play Zorro again when he’s a little older. It would be awesome and it would be crazy and it would be fantastic.”

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