A new trailer dropped last week, and while The Weinstein Company wishes everyone would be talking about Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight,” the bigger discussion right now is around the director’s fight against police brutality. It’s a stance that has seen him earn the ire of police organizations around the country, who probably aren’t helping their perception by issuing a warning that “something is in the works” and they have a “surprise” in store for the filmmaker. As far as PR moves go, it’s staggeringly unaware and certainly doesn’t help the perception that the police have failed to understand what has been a growing concern and issue. This weekend, Tarantino continued to elaborate on his thoughts about police brutality with a visit to “Real Time” with Bill Maher.
However, even though his attention is elsewhere at the moment, the marketing and awards season campaign must continue for “The Hateful Eight.” Deadline recently hosted a big awards event with studios and producers rolling out their contenders, and some tidbits along the way. Among them, that “The Hateful Eight” — which is coming in two flavors — will run about 3 hours long (hardly a surprise for a movie that has already announced an intermission for the roadshow version), as well as The Weinstein Company’s commitment to outfit around 100 cinemas with projects to show the movie in 70mm.
“The Hateful Eight” rolls out in analog first on Christmas Day, before hitting multiplex digitally on January 8th. Watch Tarantino on Bill Maher below. Update 11/29: the movie is officially 3 hours and 7 minutes long and that includes a 12 minute intermission in the middle of the movie.