Quentin Tarantino is set to launch a new Western comic book. Speaking at the 2014 Comic-Con event in San Diego, Tarantino discussed the cross-over Django Unchained-Zorro project, which will be published by Dynamite Entertainment this coming November. Tarantino also confirmed that his planned new Western feature film, The Hateful Eight, which was jeopardized after a script leak earlier this year, is now set to happen.
Tarantino wrote and directed the popular Western film, Django Unchained (2012), which starred Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. Set two years prior to the US Civil War, Foxx starred as Django, a slave freed by bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) to help hunt down an outlaw gang. Schultz will assist Django in rescuing his enslaved wife (Washington) from a plantation owner played by DiCaprio.
The character of Zorro first debuted in a pulp magazine in 1919. Zorro is a Californio, a Spanish-speaking Latin American, whose story is set in Los Angeles in the early part of the 19th century. Zorro is a nobleman who fights against Spanish oppression and various criminals while in the disguise of a masked, black-wearing swordsman. One of the popular film treatments of the Zorro story was The Mask of Zorro (1998), which starred Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine-Zeta Jones.
In addition to the upcoming Django-Zorro crossover comic, Tarantino collaborated with DC Comics in 2013 to launch a Django Unchained graphic novel series. The Django-Zorro comic will launch this November.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)