Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Set with The Weinstein Co.

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The Weinstein Company is re-teaming with Quentin Tarantino on his upcoming Western “The Hateful Eight” with shooting starting in January and a release set for the fall of 2015.

The announcement is not a surprise, given that all of Tarantino’s films have been distributed by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, first through Miramax with “Reservoir Dogs” and then through TWC.

The post-Civil War actioner will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years with the initial release in 70mm, followed by releases in 35mm and DCP formats.

Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh will produce the film and the executive producers are Bob and Harvey Weinstein along with G. Mac Brown.

“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,” Bob and Harvey Weinstein said. “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.”

A teaser trailer for the film was attached to last month’s release of Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” That trailer consisted of concept art.

The project has a colorful history. The screenplay to “The Hateful Eight” was leaked online early this year with Gawker posting a story pointing to the draft, leading to a suit by Tarantino against the media outlet (which was later dismissed, then refiled, then withdrawn) and the declaration that the Western would not be his next film.

In April, however, he announced to a crowd at a Los Angeles reading of the “Hateful Eight” script that he was working on a second draft.

At the event, the director introduced in order of appearance “the Tarantino Superstars,” all alums of his previous films: Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, James Parks as the driver O.B., Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth also known as “The Hangman,” Amber Tamblyn as his prisoner Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Denis Menochet as the Frenchman Bob, Tim Roth as the Englishman Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as John Gage, Bruce Dern as Confederate General Smithers, Dana Gourrier as Minnie, Zoe Bell as Six Horse Judy and James Remar as Jody.

The story is set in Wyoming and focuses on people trapped after a snow storm forces a stagecoach off its route.

Tarantino confirmed in July at Comic-Con that “The Hateful Eight” would be his next project. He shot “Django Unchained” in 2012.

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  1. Guy says:

    I don’t like the Constitution either! Stupid rights.

  2. jhs39 says:

    There are very few first run theaters left in the country that can screen 70mm films. I live in Chicago which is the third largest city in the country. We have zero first run theaters that can screen 70mm–the one and only theater that has the ability to screen 70mm movies here is an arthouse theater that will not be showing Hateful Eight first-run.

    Multiplex theaters, which is how 99% of people see movies nowadays aren’t even made to show movies in scope anymore–multiplex screens are made to show movies at 1.77:1 or 1.85.1 because longer rectangular screens would have made the modern 18 screen multiplex impossible. So if the movie is screened at native 70mm aspect ratio in a multiplex there will be black bars at the top and bottom of the screen like watching a wide-screen movie on an old television–the picture will actually be much smaller than if it hadn’t been shot so wide. The only alternative would be to mask out the sides of the frame to force it to match the aspect ratio of the screen.

    Shooting a movie in a form people can’t watch it in is the height of egoist stupidity–but that’s just my opinion. I’m sure all the people out there who think Tarantino is a genius will come up with some way to rationalize his decision.

  3. Christy says:

    This is disappointing. I was impressed by Harvey back in January when he announced plans to stop producing hyper-violent films. He condemned the NRA and discussed his anti-NRA film “The Senator’s Wife”. It was great to see a cultural leader acknowledge the influence our business has on society and take personal action.

    Harvey told Piers Morgan “I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be. I know for me personally, you know, I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already. For me, I can’t do it. I can’t make one movie and say this is what I want for my kids and then just go out and be a hypocrite.”…. “I’m not going to make some crazy action movie just to blow up people and exploit people just for the sake of making it.”…”You won’t make any more movies glamorizing guns.”” http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/17/harvey-weinstein-pledges-to-avoid-making-future-films-with-egregious-violence-i-cant-continue-to-do-that-the-change-starts-here/

    Actions speak louder than words. Harvey is a hypocrite. He wasn’t taking a stand, he was just promoting another film. What a sell out.

    • KatrinaAnon says:

      Hardly surprised. Money talks and he is not going to leave money on the table. Did anyone really believe he was ever sincere??

    • jhs39 says:

      Christy, your post would probably seem more intelligent if you hadn’t completely missed the fact that the Weinstein Company released Sin City 2: A Dame to Die For a few weeks ago. Your Harvey Weinstein is a hypocrite speech is too late.

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