The Weinstein Company announced that Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western The Hateful Eight will start shooting in January 2015, and it will be released later that year. The movie is being shot in Super CinemaScope (70mm) and they also revealed that the movie will have the largest 70mm release in over 20 years.
There was a teaser trailer released in theaters recently, and even though it had no actual footage from the film as it hasn't started shooting yet, it was still enough to get me excited. I love westerns, and this has the makings of a great one.
The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.
No stars have been officially confirmed yet, but Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, and of course Jennifer Lawrence have all been mentioned as being involved. The Weinsteins had this to say in a statement:
“We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over twenty years ago.”
This is gonna be great.