After much sturm und drang, even a lawsuit and an exclusive from me in May–not to mention a staged reading– Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” is a go for the Weinstein Company. We will see it in time for the 2016 Oscars. Everyone from the Tarantino ensemble company is in it except for Christoph Waltz, who is taking an (amicable) break after winning two Oscars. He’ll be back in the future. Tarantino and Weinstein go together like whiskey and bar stools. What fun! Can’t wait!
Here’s the press release:
The distribution of this post-Civil War western will be a major event for
theaters and something that only Quentin Tarantino could dream up. THE HATEFUL
EIGHT will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in over
twenty years. This unique distribution plan will also feature 35mm and DCP
formats following the initial and exclusive 70mm release. Principal photography
will begin in January with a domestic release slated for the fall of 2015.
Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh will produce the film and
the executive producers are Bob and Harvey Weinstein along with G. Mac Brown.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT marks a continuation of the long-standing relationship between
the celebrated filmmaker and the Weinsteins, who have collaborated on all of
Tarantino’s films, from RESERVOIR DOGS through DJANGO UNCHAINED.
Commented Bob and Harvey Weinstein, TWC Co-Chairmen: “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 twenty years ago.”