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22nd Jun 2022

Tarantino’s sequel to Django Unchained is now officially dead

Rory Cashin

It would’ve seen Jamie Foxx teaming up with Antonio Banderas as an ageing Zorro.

Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to talking about potentially huge sequels.

There was that Star Trek sequel, the Pierce Brosnan Bond sequel, the Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dogs sequel staring John Travolta and Michael Madsen as The Vega Brothers, and a Kill Bill Vol.3 apparently set around the daughter of Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox) hunting down The Bride (Uma Thurman) for revenge.

Of course, none of these have ever come to pass, and now we can officially add another would-be follow-up to the pile.

Django/Zorro would have presented a sequel to Tarantino’s Django Unchained, reportedly with Jamie Foxx returning as Django, joining forces with Zorro (Antonio Banderas returning to the role from his movies).

In a recent interview, actor and comedian Jerrod Carmichael gave an update on the project. And how would Carmichael know? Well, he co-wrote the script with Tarantino:

“Quentin’s a lunatic who I love, and I’m happy that I got to spend the time. We saw exploitation flicks at the New Beverly [Cinema in Los Angeles], he read me scenes that never made it to his movies, that he had typed out, in his kitchen after making fresh-squeezed lemonade for me.

“It was really special. It’s actually an incredible, incredible script that came in from that Django/Zorro that I would love for Sony to figure out, but I realise the impossibility of it. But I still think we wrote a $500 million film.”

We’re not sure if he means the budget would’ve been $500 million, or if the movie would’ve made $500 million at the box office. To date, Django Unchained is still Tarantino’s biggest box office hit, making $425 million worldwide, so we’re assuming it’s the latter.

Carmichael is still doing fine without that huge project on his CV, having recently released one of the best stand-up specials of the last few years.

Meanwhile, Tarantino has yet to give any details on what his 10th (and, by his own account, final) film will be in the three years since Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was released in cinemas.

But whatever it is going to be, it won’t be Django/Zorro.

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