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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Set for Christmas Release

The Weinstein Company has given Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” a Christmas Day launch.

The Western will go wide two weeks after Christmas on January 8. The film will be released in 70mm — marking the widest release in the format in over 20 years.

“Beloved by filmmakers and cinephiles for its wide-scope and high-resolution image quality, 70mm stock captures nearly twice the landscape of the more common 35mm and digital styles,” the announcement said. “Because of its unique quality and its importance to the art of filmmaking, Quentin, TWC and a number of other major Hollywood directors and studios have negotiated deals with Kodak to continue production of 70mm and other film formats despite their higher costs and complexity of use.”

Tranatino began shooting the film, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern, in January.

“The Hateful Eight” marks Tarantino’s eighth feature and the follow-up to “Django Unchained,” which also hit theaters on Christmas Day and grossed more than $425 million worldwide. The story is set at a wintry Wyoming landscape as a storm overtakes a stagecoach on a mountainside stopover.

Producers are longtime Tarantino collaborators Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and G. Mac Brown are the executive producers, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producers.

Four other movies are opening on Christmas: Warner Bros.’ “Point Break” reboot; Sony’s “Concussion,” starring Will Smith; Fox’s “Joy,” starring Jennifer Lawrence; and Open Road’s “Snowden.”

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