The filmography of Quentin Tarantino is populated by projects that have 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 SinCityand two episodes of television series (Emergency room and ITUC), a list that is ultimately quite small given the popularity of this director, considered one of the most talented of his generation. In the graveyard of unsuccessful projects, the adaptation of Django/Zorro joined Kill Bill vol. 3, Kill Bill vol. 4his star trek Where 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 of the complete script of Django Unchainedpublished by Vertigo/DC Comics parallel to the theatrical release of this film, the seventh work of Quentin Tarantino 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 loose style of writing, Tarantino often got into the habit of throwing some ideas in the trash for lack of space (as in the case of Once Upon a Time in Hollywoodwhere 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 Guerathe comic book adaptation of Django Unchained therefore included the entire scenario. This realized sequential prank, Tarantino decided to allow himself another whim: a crossover between the character of Zorrowhose publishing rights belonged to Dynamite Entertainmentand his own western hero, Django. By drawing on a sufficient temporality to orchestrate the meeting of these two characters, the director wrote a new script centered on a Don Diego older, always happy to play the swordsman to defend the weak and the innocent, and a Django happy to come to the aid of this new gray-haired mentor figure. Matt Wagner will take care of tweaking this script to make it compatible with sequential writing, in the company of the artist Esteve Polls at 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, it will still be necessary to wait: according to the editorial staff of varietythe project Django/Zorro was nipped in the bud, an apparent victim of its ambition in terms of the news budget for post-pandemic releases. Jerrod Carmichaelhired 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 Banderasperformer of Zorro (Alejandro Murrietanot Don Diego de la Vega) in both films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro of Martin Campbellhad been approached by Tarantino two years ago, during the Academy Awards. Banners was present, nominated in the category of Best Actor for Bread & Glorywhile the director was selected in several categories for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. The two men would have cut off the piece of fat, and Banners would even have been quite enthusiastic at the idea of finding the black mask.
“We met 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.”