“It’s good, really good,” Harvey Weinstein said last month at the Tribeca Film Festival about Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” (via Forbes). The producer/studio honcho has already seen forty minutes of the flick and as usual, he’s pitching something great, saying, “It’s special and fun and sharp and new and edgy.” And while we’ll have to wait until Christmas to see the whole thing, the first look at the movie is here.
Set after the Civil War, the story follows a rogues gallery of characters who get snowbound in a frontier way station, with explosive results. And as one would expect, Tarantino’s movie will likely be nodding to some his own favorite flicks, and he names one that should get fans firing up their DVD players in advance of the film. “For me it has more of a Western ‘Iceman Cometh‘ kind of vibe about it,” he told EW, referencing John Frankenheimer‘s 1973 movie. “A bunch of guys in a room who can’t trust each other. 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,” he added, nodding to his breakout movie “Reservoir Dogs.”
For the past few years at Cannes, Harvey Weinstein has invited press to show off his upcoming slate of movies, and something tells us he’ll do it again this year. And undoubtedly, “The Hateful Eight” will be part of that package. The movie arrives on Christmas Day.