When “Django Unchained” screened to enthusiastic audiences and picked up a slew of Oscar nominations, many wondered if Quentin Tarantino could return to the story. While Tarantino has never made a straight sequel – “Kill Bill” was one movie split in two parts – he seemed to relish the Wild West setting. Tarantino turned his eyes for something different, although “Django Unchained” was never far from his mind. Now, Tarantino is in fact returning to the story.
However, Tarantino is not working on a movie sequel to “Django Unchained.” Instead, he is working on a new “Django Unchained” comic book series, which will find its home at Dynamite Entertainment under the DC Comics umbrella. Tarantino is co-writing a story that will combine Django and the legendary Zorro in one iconic comic book meeting. With Tarantino lending his talents to the comic book world, here is a look at some other filmmakers who have tried their hands at comics.
It was clear from Kevin Smith’s first movie that he was a huge comic book fan and he actually owns his own comic book store in New Jersey. That means, when he hit huge levels of popularity and got a chance to write his own comics, he jumped at the chance. Much like Tarantino, Smith brought his movie characters to life in comics with “Chasing Dogma” and “Bluntman & Chronic,” but then he moved on to established characters. He had a critically acclaimed run on Daredevil and then brought Green Arrow back from the dead. He has also worked on books with Spider-Man, Batman and The Green Hornet.
Another self professed comic book nerd is Joss Whedon, who broke in through television before getting the job to direct “The Avengers.” However, before he directed “The Avengers,” he cut his teeth writing comic books as well. Just like other filmmakers turned comic book writers, Whedon has taken a lot of his properties that television networks killed and gave them new life in comics, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Serenity.” However, he also wrote a huge critically acclaimed run on “Astonishing X-Men,” which was nominated for many Eisner Awards.
Not all filmmakers who have turned to comics have the name power of a Joss Whedon or Kevin Smith. Terrance Zdunich, the writer and actor from cult favorite films “Repo the Genetic Opera” and “The Devil’s Carnival,” is also a big comic book fan. While he has not worked on major comics for Marvel or DC, he has his own critically acclaimed comic book series that he independently publishes called “The Molting.” Since it is independently published, they are slow in coming out but well worth the wait.