It’s funny to think that just a few months ago, the idea of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight seeing the light of day was nothing more than a pipe dream. After the film’s script leaked earlier this year, Tarantino stopped production on the film, but quickly calmed down and set the wheels in motion once more. Now, it appears that things are moving ahead even faster than expected, as we’ve just learned that cameras will begin shooting a month earlier than previously reported.
The Denver Post is reporting that The Hateful Eight will film exclusively in Colorado thanks to a $5 million incentive package. This makes Tarantino’s new western the highest-profile pic to shoot in the region since 1969’s True Grit. Now that a location is in place, Tarantino will reportedly begin prep work and start shooting on December 8th at the Schmid Ranch in southwestern Colorado outside of Telluride.
The report also notes that the budget for the film is “just” $44 million, which is quite small when compared to Django Unchained‘s $100 million price tag or even Inglourious Basterds‘ $75 million budget. Could that mean that Tarantino is scaling things back a bit for The Hateful Eight? It sure sounds like he is.
With Tarantino now hard at work on getting the film ready to start shooting in just a couple months, we should begin to hear casting announcements shortly. New rumors have pointed toward Jennifer Lawrence and Viggo Mortensen, while Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell have all been expected to have major roles.
The Hateful Eight does not have a release date, but it’s expected to hit theaters next fall.