The Hateful Eight gets a fall 2015 release date from The Weinstein Company

News out of Hollywood today tells us that things are getting real. Very real. It has been confirmed that The Hateful Eight starts shooting this coming January, with a release date for fall 2015 set by The Weinstein Company, who will be distributing the film (at least in the US, no word yet on international distribution partnerships, Inglourious Basterds was a cooperation with Universal Pictures, Django Unchained with Sony Pictures). After a rocky start (a script leak, a court case) and a reportedly amazing live script reading, it is great to see Quentin Tarantino‘s post-civil war western move ahead.

Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein released a statement today, saying

 “We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over 20 years ago.”

The brothers will executive produce the film along with G. Mac Brown (Public Enemies, The Departed). Producers will be Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. It has been previously reported (and it is known from the script) that the movie will be shot on 70mm, making The Hateful Eight the widest 70mm release in over 20 years. To accommodate the majority of movie theaters, there will also be DCP and 35mm versions. More after the picture…

The Hateful Eight script reading

Taking into account the rumors and the live script reading, the actors most likely involved are Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Amber Tamblyn, James Parks, James Remar and Walton Goggins.

The characters are as follows (from the script and the teaser trailer that played with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For):

  • John Ruth aka “The Hangman” (a bounty hunter)
  • Daisy Domergue aka “The Prisoner” (Ruth’s prisoner)
  • O.B. (stagecoach driver)
  • Major Marquis Warren aka “The Bounty Hunter” (An ex-Union soldier turned bounty hunter)
  • Chris Mannix aka “The Sheriff” (Local Sheriff)
  • General Sanford (Sandy) Smithers aka “The Confederate” (An ex-Confederate officer)
  • Oswald Mobray aka “The Little Man” – A British hangman
  • Bob aka “The Mexican” (Frenchman who runs Minnie’s haberdashery)
  • Minnie (owner of Minnie’s haberdashery)
  • Joe Gage aka “The Cow Puncher”

We’ll keep you posted!

Sources: Contactmusic, THR

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Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives and has been a fan and observer of QT for over two decades now, cherishing his work and the window in the the wider world of cinema his movies have opened up. Inspired as such, he runs the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb), Furious Cinema, its German sister Nischenkino and The Robert Rodriguez Archives. He lives in Berlin.

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