Moviegoers will get to return to Quentin Tarantion’s mean, violent, Old West in 2015, when the writer/director’s The Hateful Eight opens in theaters. The project traveled something of a rocky road during pre-production – as Tarantino briefly canceled the western after its script leaked – but since then it’s been moving along smoothly, and is now getting started on its hype-building marketing.
Hateful Eight takes place not too many years after the Civil War, and revolves around eight travelers – with nicknames like “The Hangman” and “The Cow Puncher” – who end up struck together in an isolated mountainside establishment called Minnie’s Haberdashery, when a blizzard strikes. Soon enough, a plot involving murder, betrayal, and deceit unfolds, setting the various colorful visitors on a course towards violence. Rest assured, there will be (lots of) blood.
If that setup bears a resemblance to Reservoir Dogs – Tarantino’s indie breakout feature film success released in 1992 – then don’t worry, it’s not just you. Tarantino acknowledged the similarities himself during an interview with EW, where he talked about the more intimate nature of Hateful Eight (compared to his historical “epics” Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained) – and how it’s something of a return to his roots.
“For me [‘The Hateful Eight’] has more of a Western Iceman Cometh kind of vibe about it… A bunch of guys in a room who can’t trust each other [a la ‘Reservoir Dogs’]. That wasn’t a marching order when I sat down to write the script, but pretty quickly I realized this is kind of a nice coming-full-circle.”
Check out the Hateful Eight-themed EW magazine cover, below:
Pictured above, we have Tarantino’s longtime collaborator Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, an ex-Union solider turned bounty hunter; Tarantino’s Death Proof star Kurt Russell as John Ruth, a bounty hunter nicknamed “The Hangman”; and first-time Tarantino collaborator Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, the prisoner whom Warren and Ruth are transporting when they get trapped at Minnie’s. Between the casting choices and costuming (that facial hair…), it’s fair to say: these characters will be appropriately Tarantino-eque larger than life personalities.
The rest of the cast includes several of Quentin’s old friends – Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins – as well as newcomers to the Tarantino-verse, like Demian Bichir (The Bridge) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike). Between that reputable acting roster and the promise of a script that’s even heavier on Tarantino dialogue than his recent films, there’s plenty here for fans of the director to anticipate.
Hateful Eight doesn’t have an official U.S. release date yet, but is slated to arrive by late Fall/early Winter 2015.