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to the draft, leading to a suit by Tarantino against the media outlet (which was later dismissed, then refiled, then withdrawn) and the declaration that the Western would not be his next film.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.