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The Official Django Unchained Teaser Poster is a Disappointment

official django unchained teaser poster

It’s real. The Weinstein Company confirmed it through Twitter and Yahoo! Movies.

Honestly, this looks so quickly thrown together that I had assumed it was a hoax when I first saw it. I’m also suspicious of its similarities to a popular fan-made poster that was created around June 2011.

Django Unchained Poster

I’m not going to accuse the The Weinstein Company’s marketing department of copying Federico Mancosu‘s work. However, I will say that given how profilic this fan-made poster has been on social networking sites, blogs, and movie forums, I find it very hard to believe that nobody in The Weinstein Company’s marketing department has seen it before. Which is why I’m very disappointed with the official teaser poster. If you knew about this poster’s existence, then why give your own poster such striking similarities? I mean, this is The Weinstein Company. They have the money and resources to create something completely original and breathtaking, and instead, they gave us a poster that is indistinguishable from fan art.

UPDATE:  Federico Mancosu responded in the comments with some important information about the posters. In short, The Weinstein Company has legally acquired the rights to his artwork.  I’m very glad that Federico has received recognition and credit that he deserves. I apologize for misreading the situation and being too reactionary when I wrote the above paragraph.

django unchained poster

(This poster was first posted here in March 2012. No word on when it was created).

3 Responses to The Official Django Unchained Teaser Poster is a Disappointment

  1. Federico Mancosu says:

    Hi, to avoid confusion and misunderstandings, I want to emphasize this: many people are asking me if the Django Unchained official teaser poster, that the Weinstein Company has officially announced few hours ago, was created by me. As agreed with the movie production companies, they have acquired the rights of my artworks and they are free to use and/or modify them according to their tastes and needs, the final result is this beautiful minimalist teaser poster developed by their creative team. As you can see, the artwork is drawn and inspired by the elements and the colors already present in my posters and used for the promotion of the movie (like Twitter or Facebook official profiles, etc.).

    Federico Mancosu

    • Django Unchained Blog says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to explain the situation here. I am relieved that The Weinstein Company has given you the credit that you deserve. I’ve included your comment in an update along with an apology for misunderstanding the situation. You’ve done an excellent job, and I hope this takes your career to new levels.

  2. Robert Hill says:

    More like a masterpiece of modern posters.