The Weinstein Company has released a final poster for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western The Hateful Eight. The film is a unique one in Tarantino’s oeuvre in that an early draft of the script leaked, causing the filmmaker to announce he was scrapping the project altogether, only to then change his mind after staging a live-read with an updated draft. Tarantino subsequently revised the script even further, so if you read the leaked version or attended the live-read, you’re still in for some surprises.
This new poster offers a tantalizing look at the movie’s ensemble by only showing their backs, with Samuel L. Jackson’s former Union soldier Major Marquis Warren front and center. The story takes place a few years after the end of the Civil War and follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard in Wyoming, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops.
Tarantino has finally completed the picture, with screenings for select groups set to begin next week ahead of the year’s first critics awards announcements the following week. It’s unclear if The Hateful Eight is a bona fide “Oscar movie”, but Tarantino has yet to make a bad film and his last Western, Django Unchained, was a major hit with Oscar voters.
One thing’s for certain: we’re in for a lengthy journey with The Hateful Eight. The 70mm version of the film runs three hours and two minutes in length with a full intermission, while the multiplex version of the film is a mere six minutes shorter. Indeed, Tarantino made two cuts of the film: one specifically to be exhibited in 70mm, and one for the rest of the world. The exclusive 70mm run begins December 25th with the movie opening in wide release on January 8th.
Check out the new poster below, via The Weinstein Company. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, and Channing Tatum.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Hateful Eight:
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…