Quentin Tarantino promises a “glorious” 70mm experience for his Civil War-era western. Here we get a sneak peek at his ambition in these snow-covered set photos of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bechir and Walton Goggins, who he calls “The Tarantino superstars,.”
Also starring Channing Tatum, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Keith Jefferson, Lee Horsley, Craig Stark, Belinda Owino and Gene Jones, the film just left Colorado to finish shooting in LA, where Tarantino continues to run his 35mm haven at the New Beverly.
As we learned at last year’s LA live read, “Hateful Eight” pays claustrophobic homage to “The Petrified Forest” and “Key Largo,” where a group of strangers trapped in a contained space need to figure out who the others are in order to survive. In this case two stage coaches and their passengers, including one handcuffed prisoner and two bounty hunters, converge on Minnie’s Haberdashery, a remote inn on the road to Red Rock, in the face of a raging blizzard that threatens to hold them hostage for several days–assuming they live that long.
Tarantino packs in references to “Gone with the Wind” and “Rio Bravo,” time-shifting perspectives, secrets to be solved, wind blowing through kicked-in doors, surging horses, raging blizzards, knives, blazing guns, smoldering corpses, projectile vomiting and bodies piled on the floor.
Images courtesy of EW and The Weinstein Company, which releases “The Hateful Eight” later this year, likely in the December awards corridor.