Now over two-and-a-half years from the release of Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino fans have something new to look forward to. His next release, The Hateful Eight, will be having a panel at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, the same place the film was confirmed at one year ago.
It’s expected that director Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) and undetermined cast members will be present to discuss the film’s production, the 70mm format it will be shown in, its traveling release, and possibly an exclusive premiere of some footage. Multi-talented entertainer and CEO of The Nerdist, Chris Hardwick, will be moderating this panel.
The Hateful Eight isn’t coming without its fair share of drama ever since the original script was leaked in early 2014, after which Tarantino considered dropping the film and publishing the story as a novel instead. He then filed two (2) lawsuits against Gawker for linking readers to a downloadable PDF of the script, the first of which was dismissed and the amended second suit was dropped by Tarantino. In April of 2014 he held a reading of the leaked script, said to contain copious uses of the N-word, graphic descriptions of sex and outrageous violence. He also claimed to be rewriting the script, most notably changing the original ending.
With all that drama, it’s no surprise that the film’s release is a little unusual as well. It’s currently set for a Christmas Day limited release, then a two week roadshow before a January 8th general release to theaters. It faces stiff competition at the box office, releasing December 25th alongside Will Smith led Concussion, a Point Break remake, and Snowden, as well as coming a week after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, with a cast that features Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell among other notable actors, it’s hard to believe that The Hateful Eight won’t put up impressive numbers.
Ignoring pre-production drama and interesting release methods, here are the most important details:
- It’s been filmed entirely in 70mm and will be the largest 70mm film release in over 20 years, which will be visually stunning.
- It will be shown at an aspect ratio of 2.75:1, an ULTRA-wide view used on a few 50’s and 60’s movies.
- It’s a post-Civil War western film, but not a sequel to Django. My expectation: where Django was inspired by the excess and near-silliness of spaghetti westerns, Hateful Eight will resemble the metaphorical ambition of the traditional western movies.
- Almost all of the movie is set in two locations; I expect less of the sprawling scope of action that Django and Inglourious Basterds had, and more of the intimacy of Reservoir Dogs. This is not an unwelcome turn, as that intimacy is a trademark feature of Tarantino’s style as a filmmaker.
For those who may be going to San Diego Comic-Con: Tarantino and the Hateful Eight cast will be at the Hall H panel on Saturday, July 11th at 1:30 PM.