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!
Taking a break from his writing and directing responsibilities, Quentin Tarantino has announced that he will be be taking over programming for the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Tarantino already owns the theater, but until now the programming has been the responsibility of Michael Torgan, the son of theater founder Sherman Torgan. The New Beverly is famous for its reputation of playing original prints of old films in a double-feature format. Tarantino stated that he intends to maintain the tradition of the theater, playing only 35 millimeter films from his own personal collection (that includes Sergio Leone’s “Man-With-No-Name” trilogy with Clint Eastwood), but the filmmaker will also feature his own classic films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, Inglorious Bastards, and Django Unchained. Tarantino is still preparing to begin filming his upcoming western The Crazy Eight after the original script he had written was leaked on the internet when he provided several copies of it to friends in the business for feedback, but for the next few months he will be focused on his own personal vision for the theater’s schedule. If you are a resident of Los Angeles you should definitely check it out.