Following leaked scripts and internal fall outs between directors and studio executives that resulted in an untimely lawsuit, Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War western The Hateful Eight has finally been handed the go-ahead to begin filming in January with a release expected in the fall of 2015.
In a statement, Harvey and Bob Weinstein — long term acquaintances of the eclectic filmmaker — spoke of their excitement for the project, which will be shot in a staggering 70mm.
“We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over 20 years ago.”
Alas, not much is known in terms of actual plot. Although, it’s understood The Hateful Eight will involve the titular ragtag crew of bounty hunters as they seek shelter from an intense storm. Given that this is a product of Tarantino, though, we can readily expect blood-drenched locales and over-the-top shootouts much like his most recent film, Django Unchained.
By salvaging The Hateful Eight in such a hasty manner, the auteur has quickly recruited a band of rather familiar faces for the upcoming adventure, including Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Samuel L. Jackson. Moreover, Jennifer Lawerence has also been recently linked with the project, though the Oscar winner’s involvement is yet to be formally confirmed.
Plus, in capturing the great American frontier in 70mm, The Hateful Eight is sure to project the wild, wild west like never before when it hits theatres in 2015.