Quentin Tarantino will join comics writer Matt Wagner on Dynamite Entertainment’s panel for its comic book sequel to the filmmaker’s Django Unchained, a crossover series that mashes up Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner Django and Zorro set to be released sometime this year via Dynamite and DC Entertainment. The Comic-Con panel, celebrating Dynamite’s 10th anniversary, is set for Sunday, July 27 at 2:15 PM at the San Diego Convention Center’s Room 6BCF. Tarantino and Wagner will be joined on the panel by Reginald Hudlin, Django Unchained producer and co-editor of the crossover; Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment; and Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt. Tarantino is co-plotting the series with Wagner, with Wagner doing final dialogue and Esteve Polls (The Lone Ranger) illustrating.
Not on the docket but sure to be brought up (if not by the panelists than by the usually savvy Comic-Con crowd) will be the status of Tarantino’s other Western, the much-in-the-news The Hateful Eight.
Let’s see if the writer-director spills any new news on the project, which he famously revealed to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr that he shelved for good as a film after copies of a first draft were leaked around town as it went out to actors’ agents. Later, Tarantino sued Gawker for $1 million for posting the script online (he subsequently dropped the suit). Then he directed a live script read in LA that revealed just how good a movie it could be. Now even Tarantino regulars like Kurt Russell are hinting a film shoot could be in production as early as next year.
This is the kind of panel potential that makes Comic-Con a must-follow, even amid all the super-hyped marketing and building-sized one-sheets the studios and networks put up all over town. Stay tuned on this one.