Although Tarantino held a live script reading of his Civil War-era western in LA in April, the project has been on-again/off-again ever since the script was leaked online made its way to many eyeballs via Gawker. The director sued the digital media company earlier this year, and it seemed production was out of the cards. But then at Cannes, Tarantino said he had “calmed down” and was working on a new draft of the screenplay–which he said he might shoot, publish, put on stage or “all three.”
Then came a poster (even before the film had been shot) and a teaser trailer–shown only in theaters–in front of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” And now the official green light from the Weinsteins. Principal photography will start in January, with a release date scheduled for fall of 2015. Will the cast replicate the ones at the reading? (IMDb thinks so.) Film lover Tarantino, who had a newly installed digital projector removed from his New Beverly Cinema, plans to shoot “The Hateful Eight” on 65mm film, which the Weinsteins are backing up with what they call “the widest 70mm film release in over twenty years.” (TWC booked Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” into the few remaining 70 mm houses in North America–there aren’t that many left.)
Set in a wintry Wyoming a few years after the Civil War, “The Hateful Eight” (or at least the version of the script that was read in LA) centers on a group of stagecoach travelers trapped after a blizzard sends them off course. Amongst the crew are two bounty hunters and a rogue Confederate soldier.
The Weinsteins have worked with Tarantino on all of his films, first during their tenure at Miramax and now at their own company. The brothers will executive produce, with Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh producing.