Friday, 24 July 2015

Ennio Morricone set to score The Hateful Eight

The San Diego Comic Con panel for Quentin Tarantino's (Django Unchained) upcoming Western The Hateful Eight – read all about that here – came with the announcement that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will be providing him with his first original score. It will also be Morricone's first Western score in four decades.

Morricone, of course, is a master of creating musical landscapes for the Old West, with his Sergio Leone scores for films like The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966) and Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) offering a library of ageless cues and themes. He heads to Prague to record in the next couple of weeks, revealed Tarantino. Time will tell if, like those Leone Westerns, he will be penning musical motifs for the film's eight rogues and villains.

It will be the fourth collaboration between the two. Any animus over Morricone's criticism of the directo'’s use of music in Django Unchained (2012) is clearly a distant memory.

A memory that does live on is Kill Bill. Would, as one Hall H audience member questioned, Tarantino consider returning to The Bride's story for a Kill Bill 3. "Never say never", came the answer. "Uma and I have talked about it. We both really want to do it. We just have to wait for Vernita's daughter to get old enough to want to kill her."

Tarantino also hinted that The Hateful Eight wouldn't be his last trip to the frontier country. "These days you have to make at least three Westerns to call yourself a Western director," he said, "otherwise you're just dabbling in the genre. So I have to make one more Western to call myself a Western director."

The Hateful Eight takes a bow on Christmas Day in the US with a UK release date still to be announced.

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