Upon discovering his new script The Hateful Eight had leaked online, despite only handing to select personnel, a furious Quentin Tarantino vowed never to make the movie. Legal battles ensued, accusations were tossed around and fingers were pointed. A rapturously received live read of the abandoned script and some cooling off later, and the vow was thankfully broken. Now the teaser trailer is online for all the world to see.
With an eclectic cast of Tarantino regulars including Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Walton Goggins alongside QT newbies Jennifer Jason Leigh and Damian Bechir, The Hateful Eight marks the director’s first full blooded western (Django Unchained was, you’ll remember, strictly a “Southern.”) The film sees bounty hunter Russell escorting his prisoner Leigh to the noose, only to be snowed in at a trading post with five untrustworthy villains. Bullets, and bodies, will surely fly.
If that doesn’t sound Western enough, the soundtrack certainly will. Legendary composer Ennio Morricone, who forged the iconic sounds of Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, will compose a wholly original score. While Tarantino has paid homage to the Maestro by sampling his work for Inglourious Basterds and Django, this will be the first specially composed for a Tarantino movie. At 86 years old, Morricone has still got it, as his sell out O2 arena concert recently showed, so it’ll be fascinating to hear what he has in store for Quentin’s snowbound opus.
The Hateful Eight will be released in the UK on 8th January 2016.
David is a filmmaker, artist and failed astronaut from Birmingham, UK. His short films have been shown on BBC TV, at the BFI and at BAFTA. Only bats and small dogs are likely to have seen them. He has written for the stage and has exhibited artwork in Birmingham's municipal art gallery. Few can correctly guess his age, to his occasional annoyance.