[dropcap size=small]H[/dropcap]ow would you like to see Jamie Foxx’s cool and fashionable Django, popularized in the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, team up on the big-screen with master swordsman and masquerader Zorro?
Yeah, me neither.
Still, apparently that isn’t stopping the folks at Sony and Tarantino himself from entertaining the idea of developing a Django/Zorro team-up.
This bit of information comes courtesy of the massive Sony email hack, which saw a slew of private emails from Sony honchos leaked to the public, namely Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal. In an email exchange with Tarantino dated September 28th, Pascal expresses her desire to discuss a potential Django/Zorro crossover, as well as wanting to work on a film titled The Dion Brothers, while making reference to Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight.
Pascal’s shrieky email:
HELLO AMY P HERE…
HOW ARE YOU? I WANNA TALK ABOUT
DJANGO/ZORRO WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT …
ALSO I STILL WANNA DO THE DION BROTHERS
AND JUST BECAUSE I DIDN’T GET TO BE A
PART OF HATEFUL DOESN’T MEAN IM EVER
GONNA STOP WANTING TO WORK WITH YOU
According to sources, Tarantino responded by saying a Django/Zorro crossover could be “really fun!” He also expressed interest in the aforementioned film The Dion Brothers, and brought up another title called The Baby Blue Marine.
While Django teaming up with Zorro seems contrived, the team-up has actually already happened. The duo is the subject of a comic book series written by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner for Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint.
Set several years after the events of Django Unchained, Django/Zorro #1 finds Django again pursuing the evil that men do in his role as a bounty hunter. Since there’s a warrant on his head back east, he’s mainly been plying his trade in the western states. After safely settling his wife, Broomhilda, near Chicago, he’s again taken to the road, sending her funds whenever he completes a job. It’s by sheer chance that he encounters the aged and sophisticated Diego de la Vega – the famed Zorro – and soon finds himself fascinated by this unusual character, the first wealthy white man he’s ever met who seems totally unconcerned with the color of Django’s skin… and who can hold his own in a fight. He hires on as Diego’s “bodyguard” for one adventure and is soon drawn into a fight to free the local indigenous people from a brutal servitude, discovering that slavery isn’t exclusive to black folks. In the course of this adventure, he learns much from the older man (much like King Schultz) and, on several occasions, even dons the mask and the whip… of The Fox!
In a later email exchange, Pascal tells Tarantino that she was finally able to check out the comic series (yeah, right), and described it as “super cool.”
Separate emails that list the plans for Sony’s future film slate shows Django/Zorro dated for some time in 2017.
This isn’t the first crossover that sounds too stupid to be true. It was recently revealed that Sony may be developing a crossover between the Jump Street and Men in Black film franchises.