During Comic-Con International 2012, director Quentin Tarantino announced a comic book adaptation of “Django Unchained” from DC Comics, which covers the director’s first draft of the script before any cuts were made for the film. In September, the publisher announced “Scalped” artist R.M. Guera would bring Tarantino’s script to life on the printed page. While no art has yet been revealed from Guera’s interiors, /Film has posted covers for “Django Unchained” #1 and #3 by Jim Lee and Massimo Carnavale, respectively. Lee’s cover is the variant for the debut issue of the five-issue miniseries, which will launch December 5. The third issue will hit January 30.
“One of the things that I’m really excited about is that ‘Django Unchained’ is a big epic,” Tarantino said during CCI 2012. “When I write big epic scripts like ‘Kill Bill,’ there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t make the movie because they’re too f-ing big. They’d be four hour movies if I did everything that was in the script, so there always is this aspect that the script is this big literary piece that I’m always taking it out and changing it and transforming it to make it a movie by the time it’s all finished. That’s the process, I’m always adapting my movie every day, my unwieldy script into a movie every day as I do it, but what’s really cool about doing a ‘Django Unchained’ comic book is that it’s the entire script. Even though things might have changed in the movie, I might have changed something else, I might have dropped chapters, I might have dropped big pieces — that will all be in the comic. The comic will literally be that very first draft of the script. All that material that didn’t make the movie, all of that will be part of the piece.”
“Django Unchained” #1 hits stores December 5.