As the anticipation continues to build for the release of Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, 'The Hateful Eight,' a number of new details have emerged via Comic-Con and other outlets that will only make people pine for the Christmas Day release to come that much sooner. We explore five major reveals.
A major reason that people fall in love with Quentin Tarantino's films is that he seems to care as much about the small details as his fans do. Over the weekend, he spoke passionately about the upcoming release of The Hateful Eight at both San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), and with Deadline - with each providing valuable information for what to expect when Tarantino offers up his visual presents op on December 25.
He will make a third Western
In speaking at the SDCC panel, Quentin Tarantino suggested a trilogy of films in his Western repertoire. "You have to make at least three Westerns to call yourself a Western director," he said.
Journalist Mike Fleming Jr. was instrumental in getting Tarantino to make it
Even before a single frame of the film was shot in frigid and blizzard-like conditions, there was already a storm brewing. After Tarantino had given a "first draft" of the film to some of the actors he had in mind, the script found its way onto Gawker. Tarantino was so enraged that he said he would no longer be making the film. Luckily, his relationship with journalist Mike Fleming Jr. proved important in saving the film.
In speaking with one another following the Comic-Con panel, Tarantino told Fleming, "My first thought was, here I was all livid and mad, and I give you a scoop of all time, and you are like, ‘No, no, you have to make this movie.’ It was really lovely, actually, one of the sweeter moments I’ve had with a journalist, and showed me that you actually cared about me. As mad as I was, it made me stop and think, 'did I really want to do this…'"
Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance is the most surprising
From John Travolta in Pulp Fiction to Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill, Tarantino is no stranger to giving actors/actresses that have been out of the limelight for some time a chance at prominent and challenging roles. The same is true for Jennifer Jason Leigh who will play Daisy Domergue, a fugitive, who finds herself trapped in the blizzard with the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and more.
In the same conversation with Mike Fleming Jr, Tarantino was particular amazed with Leigh's performance. "No contest. It would have to be Jennifer who wins most surprising. In the case of Sam, Walt, Kurt, Tim and Michael Madsen, I was writing for those guys, and they fit the characters and the rhythms of the dialogue, like a glove. They took it to higher heights than it was on the page, but that was more or less what I expected. Part of the thing about Daisy Domergue is, that character had to be discovered and fleshed out by the actress. Maybe 15 actresses could have played what I wrote on the page. And you would have 15 characterizations. You couldn’t show it in the audition, somebody had to commit to being that character and see where that leads you. She’s such a weird hot potato of a character. I needed Daisy to be revealed to me, and that would never happen beforehand. So I had to choose right and see what kind of flower bloomed. And she bloomed into this truly amazing character, one of my favorite female characters I’ve ever written. She is a force to be reckoned with, but I don’t think she would have been able to conceive it, and I wouldn’t either, it was one of those things where you had to commit and see where it went."
It will screen in a 70mm format
Following in the footsteps of classics like Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Battle of the Bulge and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, at selected cinemas fans will be able to see Quentin Tarantino and cinematographer Robert Richardson’s expansive visuals on a truly epic scale: the ultra-wide 2.76:1.
As Tarantino told the SDCC panel, "We were first just looking for a really cool Skulk 70mm lenses." As it turned out, the filmmaker used the exact same lenses that were used on Ben-Hur.
"I am not a fan of digital projection. Everyone knows that I'm not a fan of shooting on digital, and I'm not even a fan of digital projection. By losing film projection, we've already seceded too much ground to the barbarians," Tarantino said to an appreciative crowd.
While the plot suggests that the film will primarily take place in one location like Reservoir Dogs, he was quick to eliminate the notion that 70mm is only useful for scenic shots - adding that scenes shot indoors can be "more intimate."
Ennio Morricone will score the film
Best known for his innovative music for spaghetti Westerns, particularly The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, composer Ennio Morricone will return to the Western genre with a completely original score after a 40-year absence.
Despite their track record of collaboration, Morricone supposedly told a group college students in Rome, “I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything." He also added, "[he]places music in his films without coherence.”
In a statement delivered to Entertainment Weekly, Morricone characterized the quotes as “a partial writing of my thoughts which has deprived the true meaning of what I said, isolating a part from the rest. In this way my statement sounds shocking, penalizing me and bothering me a lot.”