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On Saturday, July 14th, San Diego’s Comic-Con hosted a variety of panels in their convention center.  Comic book publisher DC Comics held a panel to discuss the new Before Watchmen series of comic books.  Each writer took turns briefly discussing the approach they are taking to write their respective comic book titles.  Part way through the panel, an announcement was made that a special guest was to take the podium in order to share some high profile information about an important venture.  As the announcer introduced the guest, out walked writer/director Quentin Tarantino who immediately took to the stage and microphone.

Tarantino greeted fans and then announced that he has been working on the western/drama “Django Unchained.”  He impressed upon the audience that he is a big fan of westerns and western comics, and wanted to honor the genre by making the film.  He went on to say that he will be collaborating with DC Comics to bring an adaptation of the feature with a five issue mini-series. This is what he had to say:

“One of the things I’m really excited about is that “Django Unchained” is a big epic, and when I write these epics there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t make the movies,” Tarantino said, according to Nuke the Fridge. “I’m always stuck with adapting my unwieldy script into a movie every day. So what’s really cool with doing this is as a comic book is it’s the entire script.”

Here is the storyline for the film:

Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django, and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of Django’s wife who is under the hands of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner.

The first issue of the comic book is due out in November.

“Django Unchained” will arrive in theaters on December 25th, 2012.  The film will star Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Zoe Bell, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Tom Savini, M. C. Gainey, Lewis Smith, and Anthony LaPaglia.  Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay and also directs.

Sources: Namtar, IMDb