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.
— Stuart Oldham (@s_oldham) July 11, 2015