Quentin Tarantino’s HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with SIN CITY 2; May Not Be Online

     August 14, 2014


Nearly everything about Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, has been non-traditional.  The Django Unchained filmmaker first began publicly talking about the Western as his next film earlier this year, as he was finalizing the script and getting ready to send it to a few actors he had in mind for the lead roles.  But then the script leaked online and Tarantino angrily stated that he would not be making the movie to spite the unofficial leak.  The director subsequently staged a live-read of his Hateful Eight screenplay with a bevy of talented actors—including Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson—and after he cooled off, he then decided that he would be making The Hateful Eight as his next movie after all.

Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that filming would be getting underway early next year, but it appears that the first Hateful Eight trailer might actually be arriving in theaters next week attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  However, there’s a catch: it might not be released online at all.  More after the jump. [Update: Deadline has confirmed that the Hateful Eight trailer will indeed be attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.]

The folks over at the Alberta Film Ratings board have posted a trailer classification for The Hateful Eight with a running time of 1:40.  Whenever trailers are classified by the MPAA, that information is made public as it is sent to theaters a week or so before release, which puts this in line with Sin City 2’s opening weekend.  Moreover, the folks over at /Film report they’ve been contacted by multiple theater employees saying that they’ve received word that the Hateful Eight trailer will be enclosed with the digital projection copy of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  They also did some digging and found this on the Weinstein Company’s distribution website:


The difference in runtimes likely has to do with the classification differences between the US and Canada, but nevertheless this is pretty solid evidence that a trailer is on its way.  The Weinstein Company page also apparently notes that the Hateful Eight trailer will be featured in front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For exclusively and will not be online.  This isn’t terribly tough to believe given that Tarantino is very old school in the way he views film presentation, and the pairing with Sin City makes sense given that he and director Robert Rodriguez have been good friends for years.

The main question is, how does this trailer exist if The Hateful Eight hasn’t started production yet?  Well, it’s possible that this teaser may not include any actual footage, but will instead incorporate audio from Tarantino’s live-read.  Many of the actors present at the event are also expected to star in the film, including Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, and Walton Goggins, so it’s entirely possible that Tarantino has cooked up a teaser to get audiences excited for his next feature.

Whatever the case, this is an incredibly smart way of attracting ticket-buyers for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a film that has thus far failed to drum up any amount of interest beyond “they really made that?”

The story of The Hateful Eight follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops.  As someone who’s enjoyed every single film Tarantino has offered thus far, I’m very much looking forward to seeing the filmmaker’s second proper Western.  The Hateful Eight is planned for release in 2015.


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  • Kyle Chandler

    I love Tarantino’s films, and I thought that Django was absolutely brilliant. I actually learned most of what I know about it from reading above (i’ve been avoiding spoilers and table reads and whatever else is out there), but I can’t wait to see it.

    • mattinacan

      loved you in friday night lights

  • Person

    I absolutely love Sin City but I just can’t get excited about this one, will wait for the reviews. My love for QT won’t get me to a movie theater any earlier, especially with this non-trailer “trailer.”

    • Kyle Chandler

      I feel the same about sin city! I love the original film, but they certainly took their sweet time on a sequel.

      • lord jim

        The sequel is based on a better graphic novel than the first, “A Dame to kill for” is one of Frank Miller´s best work.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Oh yeah, I love the graphic novel, and Marv is easily the best character in that universe. I hope it comes together!

      • Person

        The only two things that have my interest are Josh Brolin and Eva Green. I love Mickey Rourke in the first one but I’m not sure how big is role is, nor am I sure about Willis’ either. I stay away from trailer so I can go in fresh (which is how I saw the first, and that was an incredible experience).

  • Thomas K.

    Has it been confirmed that Tarantino REALLY IS shooting this on CinemaScope?
    Please, say Yes.

    • Adam Chitwood

      Official poster says he is, so it certainly looks like it.

  • DoremusJessup

    QT seems more spiteful towards his fans then he does appreciative. Hmmmmm I wonder if this movie has anything do to with seeking vengeance? That’d be new territory for Tarantino.

    • william

      Don’t understand how you could possibly think that. He loves his fans. Which is why this trailer is a Sin City exclusive. Its a treat for fans only. Its obviously not being done for financial reasons or we would be seeing it before Guardians or the Hobbit. Would a spiteful director do as many interviews as he does?
      He was upset for good reason.

      You should lookup QT talking about De Palma and his other fav directors. He’s a fan of film-making more than he is a filmmaker. every decision he makes he has his fans in mind.

      • DoremusJessup

        He does pay the right lip service, and I admit that my assertion was a little overzealous but he just seems like a total sociopath to me. Not that it matters, I like his movies. Basterds was a masterpiece. And Django was good but there are still things about that movie that bother me a bit.

    • Kyle Chandler

      QT is basically one of the worlds most successful fanboys. I think he was (understandably) upset that his script leaked online, but that’s kind of the world we live in these day.

      • DoremusJessup

        Yeah, but it bothers me slightly when he assumes that he is above all of that.

  • agent777

    I havn’t enjoyed his recent films, but that’s outweighed by the joy it brings just to have him working consistantly again. He is a great voice for film and such a great personality and it’s great to see him on a role again.

    That said he should really do a Native American version Django. Who deserves more revenge than them?

  • Zachary Horn

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if QT beyonce’d a movie on us. Like…he had been shooting the entire time, right under our noses and used the leaked script as a ploy to keep us off him?

  • hazzin

    I also like all of Tarantino’s movies so far (Reservoir Dogs being his best), even though I thought that Django was a bit underwhelming and probably his worst (I guess mostly because of Jamie Foxx’s lackluster performance – he seemed to be overshadowed by almost every supporting character, even by K. Washington).

    Nevertheless I’m excited about him tackling another western. Especially one that seems to be limited to mostly one set – stagecoach and its surroundings. That should offer some very tense and dialogue-heavy scenes. But all this fuss around the film is starting to get on my nerves. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was staged right from the start as part of some twisted marketing campaign – the leak, Tarantino’s reaction, etc.

    • MJ

      Hmm. Django is far and above my favorite QT movie, and I thought Foxx’s performance was mesmerizing.

    • Al

      Im with you on Django. It was the first time in a Tarantino movie not one thing surprised me. With regards to reveals and plot structure, it was his first by the numbers film.

    • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

      I agree, i saw Reservoir Dogs in cinema on it’s original release almost 25 years ago and although he turned up the volume and went one better with Pulp Fiction, his debut is still my favourite for the simplicity.

      Whilst Django was a massive improvement on the Kill Bill movies, a pair of films that laughed at their own jokes so much they were almost as fucking tiring to watch as Attack of the Clones, his Western fell short of being a masterpiece by screwing it up at the last minute with the constantly shifting film quality, aspect ratios and mood…. not to mention QT’s stupid accent. Despite, some fantastic dialogue and great acting from the supporting cast I found the ‘in-jokes’ very jarring and boring.

    • the king of comedy

      Totally agree about Django, I tough it had an amazing 1rst act and 2nd act, Christof Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Di Caprio were amazing in this movie but once we get to the final act we`re stuck with Django, who was a boring character, the action sequences are taken too far, and I don`t mean that they were too violent I have no problem with that, but they just become too silly and repetitive, Django killing endless guys with that silly song doesn`t feel right with the rest of the movie we`ve been seeing, the torture scene wasn`t needed and Django`s come back is rushed and him smiling to the camera after blowing up the house looked ridiculous, I know it`s just Tarantino having fun and usually I enjoyed that but I just didn`t buy this character as someone as cool and badass who could get away with that.

  • MJ

    Why would he attach the trailer to this movie? It’s like putting a James Bond trailer in front of a McG Charlie’s Angeles film…the QT trailer will completely outclass this silly movie.

  • James

    Don’t understand the hate for Sin City 2. Looks like it maintains the look and spirit of the first. I can’t wait to see it, looks fun as hell. As far as The Hateful Eight goes…can’t wait! Any new QT film is a good thing.

    • william

      Too bad we don’t get to see Brittney Murphy reprise her role. She really knocked it out of the park.

      can’t wait to get my mitts on a ticket!

  • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

    So, if someone leaks the trailer online, will he get pissed off and pull the plug on production?

  • mattinacan

    QT just keeps hitting us with masterpiece after masterpiece, my body is ready!

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