Fans of Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino know that the writer/director has had a very eventful 2014 as he begins work on his newest Western, The Hateful Eight. An infamous script leak caused the auteur to consider shelving the project entirely, but he thereafter had a change of heart and is now prepping his new movie for release sometime in 2015.
The movie’s teaser trailer provided nicknames for the titular group (i.e. “The Bounty Hunter,” “The Little Man,” etc.) and it is expected that Tarantino veterans such as Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell will be reprising their roles from the successful live reading of the screenplay. We don’t know what thespians will be joining them (though Jennifer Lawrence and Viggo Mortensen are rumored), but now we’ve learned where the cast and crew will be shooting once principle photography commences.
The Denver Post is reporting that Hateful Eight will film entirely in Colorado, now that the state has provided the production with a $5 million incentive package – besting offers from Utah and Wyoming. The newspaper notes that Tarantino’s latest is the highest-profile project to shoot in the region since the 1969 version of True Grit; not only is it a landmark occasion for the state, but Hateful Eight will also undergo filming in the same place as one of the most famous westerns. That’s got to be a good omen.
With a location now selected, Tarantino will begin prep work before starting the film on December 8 at the Schmid Ranch. Earlier reports indicated that the director would get the cameras rolling in January 2015, but apparently things are moving at such a great speed that he’ll be ready a whole month early.
Since filming is slated to begin in just a couple of months, we should start to get official word on the cast sooner rather than later. As stated previously, some big names are thought to be in discussions, but it will be nice to put the rumors to rest and see who exactly will be filling out the eight roles. Tarantino is known for crafting memorable and outrageous characters, so he’ll no doubt be looking for talented actors who are up for the challenge.
Budgeted at “just” $44 million, Hateful Eight is shaping up to be a significantly smaller scale offering when compared to Tarantino’s previous efforts such as Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds. In addition to a fairly tight cast, the film will (allegedly) take place mainly in a single location – harkening back to the filmmaker’s 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs. On paper, it sounds like a nice change of pace, in that it won’t be another sprawling revenge epic (not that there’s anything wrong with those).
Either way, Hateful Eight should be one of the must-see films of 2015. Tarantino is working in a genre he’s comfortable with and if his recent history is any indication, we could very well have a major Oscar player here. This movie is one of many arriving from respected directors in 2015; if everything meets the lofty standards Tarantino has set for himself, it’ll definitely be a contender.
The Hateful Eight will arrive in theaters sometime in 2015.
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