Quentin Tarantino is gearing up to start production on his next movie, Hateful Eight, early next year. The project, based on the Oscar-winner’s original script, takes place a few years after the end of the American Civil War, in Wyoming. There, an eclectic pack of stagecoach passengers (you guessed it, eight in total) are delayed by a winter blizzard and trapped in “a saloon in the middle of nowhere” – something that doesn’t ease tensions within the “pitiless and mistrustful group.”
A Hateful Eight teaser trailer – one that will reportedly only be made available for viewing in theaters (officially, that is) – will be attached to select prints of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, when the latter opens in theaters later this week. Collider has gotten ahold of a description for said trailer; naturally, the preview doesn’t include any raw footage from Hateful Eight (because there isn’t any yet). It does, however, rundown the list of main characters and establish the general tone of the film.
No surprise, the teaser sounds very Tarantino-esque – complete with a “western-style ballad” about the eponymous “Hateful Eight”, blood-splattered titles that hint at the violence to come, and a shot of “sand dunes” that, no doubt, harkens back to the style of classic westerns of the mid-20th century (much like the landscape shots featured in Django Unchained). The trailer also lists off the eight main characters of the film; you can read through the complete roster, below.
- Major Marquis Warren: “The Bounty Hunter”
- John Ruth: “The Hangman”
- Daisy Domergue: “The Prisoner”
- Chris Mannix: “The Sheriff”
- Bob: “The Mexican”
- Oswald Mobray: “The Little Man”
- Joe Gage: “The Cow Puncher”
- General Sandy Smithers: “The Confederate”
We’ve yet to receive official confirmation from The Weinstein Company (which is backing the project) about which actors who participated in the Hateful Eight live script reading earlier this year will reprise their role (or a different one) in the actual film. However, Kurt Russell – who gave a John Wayne-esque performance as “The Hangman” in the live reading (according to those who caught the show, anyway) – has said that he’s onboard for the flick.
Tarantino’s longtime frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson is expected to reprise as “The Bounty Hunter” from the live reading of the Hateful Eight script. Meanwhile, Amber Tamblyn and Bruce Dern (who each made a cameo in Django Unchained) also seem ready to make the jump from stage to screen – by portraying, respectively, “The Prisoner” and “The Confederate” in the Hateful Eight movie. Other live read cast members who may appear in the film include such previous Tarantino collaborators as Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, and James Remar.
One last thing to note: the Hateful Eight teaser reaffirms what the teaser poster indicated – that Tarantino will be shooting the film in 70 mm. That large-scale format isn’t generally used nowadays (with exceptions like P.T. Anderson’s The Master), in part because it requires the use of a camera that’s quite loud and not easy to handle; unlike with IMAX, 70 mm camera technology isn’t rapidly improving right now, either.
That said, it’s fitting for someone like Tarantino to use a retro visual approach for his latest genre throwback. Hateful Eight should be all the more handsome looking for the filmmaker’s efforts, regardless of whether you see the western in the regular theater format or in all its 70 mm glory.
Hateful Eight will reach theaters sometime in 2015.