Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming wintry Western, “The Hateful Eight” is coming by year’s end and it will be shot in 65MM presented in 70MM. Scenes from the movie were recently previewed at the 2015 Cine Gear Expo and apparently the Weinstein Company are working with Panavision to ensure that up to fifty theaters in the U.S. are capable of presenting the film in this super wide format. In contrast, Paul Thomas Anderson also shot “The Master” in 65MM and presented it in 70MM, unfortunately, at the time, only sixteen prints were struck as only around a dozen theaters in North America were properly equipped to present the movie in 70MM (and because of the dissimilar lenses used, the differences between the two films is evidently huge).
According to the PTA Fan site Cigarettes and Red Vine, during the open audience Q&A portion of the presentation someone asked if any filmmakers had seen any of the ‘Hateful’ 70MM footage. Apparently, Panavision’s VP of Optical Engineering, Dan Sasaki—who was apparently instrumental in getting Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot “The Master” in 65MM in the first place—mentioned that PTA had seen the footage and is strongly considering the same format for his next project.
What that next project is, is totally unknown at the moment. While “Inherent Vice” was shot on 35MM and distributed by Warner Bros. we’ve heard whispers that PTA could return to Annapurna, who produced “The Master” and distributed it through The Weinstein Company. A deeper recount of the Q&A can also be read here.
Here’s PTA talking about shooting in 65MM at the behest of Dan Sasaki.