Yesterday writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) released the first trailer for his upcoming western The Hateful Eight. The film is credited as Tarantino’s eighth film and as many of you know has already undergone its fair share of controversy. The initial screenplay was leaked to the public on Gawker earlier this year and Tarantino’s filing a lawsuit against them was highly publicized in the press (to his own dismay). But since then the director has completed his final written script and with filming complete, he appeared at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego to showcase the movie with a whole 7-minute clip and a discussion about shooting on 70mm film instead of conforming to the film industry’s shift to digital filmmaking, which he has stated may drive him to leave filmmaking altogether (but nothing is yet set in stone). As for the new movie, it will stand as Tarantino’s second venture into the Western genre and this time will even feature a score (the first of his films to do so) by composer Ennio Morricone, who first achieved fame as a composer for westerns on legendary director Sergio Leone‘s A Fistful of Dollars and The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Making up the cast for Hateful Eight include Tarantino regulars Samuel L. Jackson (Jackie Brown, Django Unchained), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), and Michael Madsen (Kill Bill Vol. 1-2), plus actors Kurt Russell (Escape From New York, Death Proof), Walton Goggins (Miracle at St. Anna’s, Sons of Anarchy), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Road to Perdition, The Machinist), Zoe Bell (Grindhouse, Inglorious Basterds), and Oscar-nominee Bruce Dern (Monster, Nebraska). You can see the new trailer here on MADE. The Hateful Eight will be opening on big screens nationwide January 8, 2016, with a limited release happening this Christmas Day. Stay tuned!
Last week we heard that Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino had decided to drop his next project, The Hateful Eight, until he decided how to proceed with the newly finished script. The script was leaked onto the internet after Tarantino had given several copies to potential actors he was interested in for the new film. A few names he mentioned included actors Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, and Tim Roth, who have all worked with the director on several of past projects. Now Tarantino has filed several lawsuits against Gawker Media for copyright infringement, each suit priced at a hefty one million dollars. The suit claims “Gawker Media knowingly and actively acted as a promoter of copyright pirates, and, itself, did directly cause, contribute to, enable, and facilitate copyright infringement.” Gawker posted a URL link to their site that allowed viewers to download the script. Tarantino also stated that Gawker “crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay immediately,” and slammed the site for promoting illegal pirating and immoral journalism. The director is being represented by Martin Singer, Henry Self, and Evan Spiegel at Lavely & Singer.