In a world where remakes and sequels are dominating Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino brings a breath of fresh air via his upcoming original feature film, “The Hateful Eight”.
The movie marks a continuation of Tarantino’s long-standing collaboration with the Weinstein brothers, who previously produced all of Tarantino’s films such as “Reservoir Dogs”, “Django Unchained”, and “Pulp Fiction”.
Written and directed by Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight” features a stellar cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.
The movie’s development was announced by Tarantino back in November 2013. However, the director decided to publish the script as a novel instead after it was leaked in January 2014. He changed his mind after directing a live read of the leaked script at the United Artists Theater in Los Angeles. Filming officially began earlier in January this year in Telluride, Colorado.
“The Hateful Eight”, which said to have set “6 or 8 or 12 years after the Civil War”, is about a group of 8 gun-toting outlaws who have been forced to take refuge in the same tiny shack known as Minnie’s Haberdashery due to a brutal Wyoming storm.
As seen in the trailer, bounty hunter John Ruth (played by Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) are on their way to the town of Red Rock when they are joined by 2 strangers: union-soldier-turned-bounty-hunter Major Marquis Warren (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris Mannix, a Southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new sheriff (played by Walton Goggins).
The group is forced to seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. At Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by 4 unfamiliar faces: Minnie’s temporary caretaker Bob (played by Demián Bichir), Red Rock hangman Oswaldo (played by Tim Roth), cow-puncher Joe (played by Michael Madsen) and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (played by Bruce Dern).
However, as the storm takes over Haberdashery, the 8 strangers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
Produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh, the film is executive produced by Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, and Georgia Kacandes. Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producing while spaghetti-western legend Ennio Morricone is expected to provide an original score.
Watch the epic teaser trailer below:
UPDATE (6th November, 5:12pm):
The Weinstein Company has relesed the first official trailer of Tarantino’s upcoming film, “The Hateful Eight”.
From what we’ve seen from the trailer so far, this movie is a reminiscent to “Reservoir Dogs”, which is one of Tarantino’s critically-acclaimed films.
Watch the official trailer below:
“The Hateful Eight” is slated for release in 70mm on 25th December 2015. It will open with a digital theatrical release on 8th January 2016, while continuing to be shown in 70mm as well.