The First Teaser Trailer for The Hateful Eight is Suitably Insane
The first official teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (sometimes stylized as The H8ful Eight and The Hateful 8) has arrived, and of course, mayhem ensues.
Kurt Russell is back, again, sort of….and it’s no surprise that he would headline a cast of mostly Tarantino veterans. Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern, have worked with Tarantino multiple times.
This will be Quentin Tarantino’s third straight period film. I use the word period lightly because Tarantino is known for his anachronisms and for subverting history. You only need to look at Adolf Hitler’s demise in his 2009 film Inglourious Basterds to understand that Tarantino merely looks upon history as a setting, and that’s completely refreshing in these days of Oscar baiting.
The film’s development was announced by Tarantino in November 2013. However, after the script was leaked in January 2014, Tarantino decided to cancel the movie and publish the script as a novel instead. After directing a live read of the leaked script at the United Artists Theater in Los Angeles, Tarantino said that he had changed his mind and was going to film The Hateful Eight. Filming officially began on January 23, 2015 in Telluride, Colorado. The film is set for a December 25, 2015 release. The film will only be released in 70mm format on Christmas Day before being released in digital theaters on January 8, 2016.
While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man (Walton Goggins) who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. There, they encounter four strangers, and soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.
Tarantino is really at the apex of his powers. After Grindhouse bombed at the box office and received lukewarm reviews in 2007, Tarantino followed with back to back hits with Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012). Both films won Oscars and combine grossed nearly a billion dollars at the box office. These aren’t PG-13 superhero movies either, Tarantino’s films have always been considered risky, but time and time again he’s proved doubters wrong.
The Hateful Eight, will have a similar release pattern to Django Unchained, only this time Tarantino’s Christmas Day gift will only be available in those theaters with 70mm projection. Kind of a ballsy move, but why doubt him now? Tarantino’s love for cinema is infectious, and this will probably kick ass on 70mm.
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