Some very disappointing news came earlier this week when Quentin Tarantino announced that he was no longer going to make his Western The Hateful Eight after an agent leaked his draft of the script. It was a breach of trust, and one that Tarantino just couldn’t get over in the foreseeable future, so the filmmaker said that due to this leak, he is not moving forward with The Hateful Eight as his next film. The project was still in its early stages, but it was already off to a promising start. Tarantino was eyeing Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen for roles in the pic, and now yet another reason to be disappointed has surfaced: Tarantino intended to shoot the entire thing on 70mm. Hit the jump for more.
The folks over at Badass Digest got their hands on the first page of Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight script, and QT denotes numerous times on this one page that the move was intended to be filmed entirely in 70mm. For those unaware, 70mm is a wider, higher-resolution film gauge that was reserved for epics throughout the late 1950s and 1960s, including Ben-Hur, Oklahoma!, and The Sound of Music. Almost all movies nowadays are shot using 35mm or (increasingly) on digital, but Paul Thomas Anderson utilized 70mm for his 2012 film The Master to great effect.
The prospect of seeing Tarantino present his latest Western in the large format is an unbelievably exciting thought, but alas, it appears that we may have to wait some time to see The Hateful Eight—if Tarantino even circles back to the film at all. Head over to Badass Digest to see the script page in full and mourn accordingly.