The Weinstein Co. has finally made it official: Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” is happening.
The movie distributor, which worked with Tarantino on “Reservoir Dogs” and “Django Unchained,” released a statement Wednesday about their deal that stated, “The distribution of this post-Civil War western will be a major event for theaters and something that only Quentin Tarantino could dream up. ‘The Hateful Eight’ will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years.”
Filming starts in January, with a release date set for fall 2015. A teaser trailer for “The Hateful Eight” was unveiled before showings of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” but it’s since been scrubbed from YouTube.
Tarantino had declared the project dead earlier this year after Gawker Media leaked a first draft of the script. The story involved a Wyoming blizzard taking out a stagecoach carrying a renegade Confederate soldier, bounty hunters and a female prisoner. But Tarantino changed his tune, even holding a public reading of the script in Los Angeles this summer.
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So far, we know that “Eight” has character called the Cow Puncher and Six Horse Judy. Some familiar Tarantino collaborators have made on the cast list, as well as some newcomers: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Zoe Bell, Amber Tamblyn, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Walton Goggins will star. Christoph Waltz will sit this one out.
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