Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Hateful Eight is set to start shooting in January

News of the revived Western was officially announced at this years Comic Con, when Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) personally confirmed that he will be directing The Hateful Eight after all. "Yeah... we're going to be doing The Hateful Eight".

As if further confirmation were needed, producer Harvey Weistein has announced last week that The Hateful Eight will commence shooting in January – all in glorious 65mm. Weinstein, renewing his long acquaintance with the writer/director, is promising to pull out all the stops for the post-Civil War Western and afford it "the widest 70mm release for over 20 years".

Said Harvey and Bob Weinstein 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 20 years ago."

There are very few details out there yet – unless you're one of the people to have read the leaked draft that had Tarantino threatening to abandon the film – but the winter shoot does present the intriguing prospect of a snowbound Western, of which John Ford's The Searchers (1956) and Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) are both fine examples.

What we do know is that its marketing campaign has already swung into effect – quite possibly the quickest in Hollywood history – with a bloody new one sheet released and teaser trailer attached to Robert Rodriguez' latest, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

Neither of which flaunts the cast that Tarantino has assembled to top-line his tale of bounty hunters caught up in a bloody plot while seeking shelter from the storm. Tarantino regulars Kurt Russell (Death Proof), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction), Michael Madsen (Kill Bill), Bruce Dern (Django Unchained), Walton Goggins (Django Unchained) and Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) are all on board.

The Hateful Eight will arrive with us in 2015.

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