The Weinstein Company says that “The Hateful Eight,” the ninth film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino, has officially begun filming in rocky Telluride, Colorado—though the film is set in Wyoming a few years after the Civil War.
Starring Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bechir and Walton Goggins, the Western follows 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.
New talent has jumped aboard, however, including the excellent Gene Jones—who was stunningly good as a Jim Jones type in Ti West’s “The Sacrament”— along with James Parks (“Kill Bill”), Zoe Bell (“Death Proof”) and “Django Unchained”‘s Dana Gourrier, Lee Horsley, Craig Stark, Keither Jefferson and Belinda Owino.
Tarantino, fighting the good fight for cinema as ever, will present his epic in “glorious 70mm.” He and the Weinsteins have kept a tight ship around the project for fear of another Gawker Media disaster; we imagine the production will be equally hush-hush.
TWC has slated a 2015 release. For now, here’s the studio synopsis:
The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…