If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Harvey Weinstein is allowing Quentin Tarantino to take a break from the editing room on “The Hateful Eight” in order to share some footage with the Hall H hordes at San Diego Comic-Con (July 9-12). They did the same thing with western “Django Unchained,” which went on to score $425 million worldwide after it opened on Christmas Day 2012, five Oscar nominations and two wins, for Tarantino’s original screenplay and supporting actor Christoph Waltz.
Surprisingly, Waltz is not in this one. Instead, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern are expected to appear at 1:30 PM on July 11th in Hall H, where moderator Chris Hardwicke will welcome the cast and Tarantino to talk about the 70 mm holiday release and exclusive premiere footage from the film.
This is welcome news in a year where so far it looks like television will dominate the Con as it does Hollywood; Marvel, Sony and Paramount are not doing Hall H panels. Disney will be doing its own thing at D23 later this summer. Fans are excited about presentations on the new “Star Wars” and “Hunger Games” installments, Fox’s Marvel franchises “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four,” and Warner Bros./DC’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.”
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. 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…
Written and directed by Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight” is produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Georgia Kacandes are executive producing, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producing.