Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Gets Ennio Morricone Score, New Poster

Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Gets
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Quentin Tarantino assembled his “The Hateful Eight” team for a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.

During the panel, Tarantino announced that legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will write the score for “Hateful Eight,” marking his first Western score in 40 years. Morricone is best known for his innovative music for the spaghetti Westerns, particularly “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

The director was joined by the main cast members who make up the titular “Eight,” minus Samuel L. Jackson, who provided the voiceover for one of the videos presented during the panel. Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern were among those from the cast attending the discussion.

“Quentin has greatest attention to detail as any director who ever lived,” Dern said. “If he had a rival it would only be Luchino Visconti.”

Never one to hesitate to speak his mind, Tarantino used the panel as a platform to extol the virtues of shooting on film, revealing that “Hateful Eight” was shot using the same cameras that captured classic films including “Ben-Hur.” The release of Tarantino’s eighth film will be celebrated with a special roadshow screening series with a 70mm print of the pic.

Tarantino’s rant against digital cinema culminated in him hinting that he might make a jump from film to TV.

“That’s not the movie industry I signed up for,” Tarantino said. “I am not a fan of digital projection…we’ve already ceded too much ground to the barbarians.” Digital cinema, he said, is “like HBO in public. So maybe I’ll move into TV.”

The highlight of the panel was an eight-minute clip of footage Tarantino cut especially for Comic-Con, which introduced the film’s characters and set up the premise of the Western. The pic follows eight characters attempting to find shelter from a terrible blizzard.

A new poster for the pic was unveiled as well, sporting the tagline “No One Comes up Here Without a Damn Good Reason.”

Tarantino also teased the possibility of “Kill Bill: Vol. 3.” “Never say never,” Tarantino said. “Uma (Thurman) really wants to do it.” “The Hateful Eight” bows in wide release Jan. 8, 2016.

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  1. cadavra says:

    “Maybe I’ll move into TV.”

    Seriously? TV was shooting digital long before it became common practice in features.

  2. jhs39 says:

    The thing that really pisses me off about Tarantino shooting his film in 70mm is that most people won’t have the opportunity to see the movie the way it was shot since it’s an obsolete format. I live in Chicago which is a pretty big city. There is only one movie theater left that can project in 70mm which filmmakers stopped using by the end of the 1960’s. That theater does not show first run commercial movies so no 70mm for us. No theater built in the last 30 years can project movies in 70mm so it’s ultimately an exercise in self indulgence and a thumb in the eye to every person who sees Hateful Eight in a multiplex since we won’t be able to see the movie in 70mm or anything approaching it–70mm film is meant to be projected on very large rectangular screens that do not exist in modern theaters.

    • cadavra says:

      The word is that many theatres are pulling 70mm projectors out of storage for the engagment; they claim to have 100 such venues already, so if you live in Chicago, I’m positive there’ll be one or two. And even if not, I’m sure the Music Box would be thrilled to drop its regular schedule and play it.

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