Quentin Tarantino Says He Will Retire After His Tenth Film; Talks HATEFUL EIGHT Influences and Big 70mm Plans

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Quentin Tarantino is retiring.  Some version of this phrase has been reported for the past few years as one of our great filmmakers began touting his plans to stop making movies before he started making bad ones, and now he’s set a definitive end date for his career: 10 movies.  While selling his next film, the Western The Hateful Eight, to international buyers at AFM recently, Tarantino announced that he absolutely plans to retire from filmmaking after his tenth film, saying he’s got “two more to go after this,” which seems to indicate that he’s counting Kill Bill as one film.

But he’s got plenty to do before he recedes to a life of writing and reading, as he also spoke about the surprising sources of inspiration for The Hateful Eight (spoiler alert: they’re TV shows) and expanded upon his plans to release the film in 70mm, as it is poised to be “the biggest wide screen movie shot in the last 40 years”.  Much more after the jump.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Synopsis Revealed; Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir Officially Join Cast

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As Quentin Tarantino readies his next film, the Western The Hateful Eight, to start production in January, The Weinstein Company has now given us some fascinating info regarding the film.  In addition to unveiling the official The Hateful Eight synopsis, the full cast list confirms last night’s news that Channing Tatum has a role in the film, and also reveals that Demian Bichir (A Better Life) has signed on to play the part of “Bob”.  While a synopsis previously hit when the script leaked and Tarantino staged a live-read of the script, he has crafted a new third act for the film during revisions, and this synopsis goes into a bit more detail about the plot.  The basic logline remains, as The Hateful Eight takes place some time after the Civil War and revolves around passengers on a stagecoach hurtling through the wintry Wyoming landscape.

Check out the full The Hateful Eight synopsis after the jump.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.  The picture will be shot on 65mm film, with production taking place entirely in Colorado in anticipation of a big 70mm release late next year following a planned debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Channing Tatum Circling a “Major Role” in THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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We’ve already got Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt RussellTim RothMichael MadsenBruce DernWalton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson on board for The Hateful Eight, but this is a Quentin Tarantino film we’re talking about; there’s always room for more top talent.  It’s being reported that Channing Tatum is currently circling a “major role” in the film, which is reportedly going into production next month.

The Hateful Eight will be shot on 65mm film with The Weinstein Co. planning to give it the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years.  Hit the jump for more on Tarantino’s latest.

Jennifer Jason Leigh Lands Female Lead in Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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With production set to begin almost exactly two months from now in Colorado, Quentin Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on his cast for his Western The Hateful Eight.  It now appears that Tarantino has settled on his female lead, and it will be none other than Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Synecdoche, New York actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.  The story 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.  The Wrap reports that Leigh will be playing the character of Daisy Domergue, a woman wanted for murder who is due to hang for her crimes.  The role was played by Amber Tamblyn during Tarantino’s live-read of the script.  More after the jump.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Will Shoot Entirely in Colorado Starting on December 8th

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I have resisted the temptation to read the script for The Hateful Eight and have even avoided the recaps of the live staging that was held of the piece a few months ago in Los Angeles.  So it’s encouraging that we’re getting this new Quentin Tarantino movie a lot earlier than we thought we might.  We’re now learning that the film will shoot outside of Telluride, Colorado and that everything – interiors and exteriors alike – will be lensed in the state.  There’s also a planned start date of December 8th.

Hit the jump for more on The Hateful Eight shooting in Colorado.  The full cast has yet to be announced, but we’ve heard that Kurt RussellTim RothMichael MadsenBruce DernWalton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached with the possible addition of Jennifer Lawrence. The movie will be shot on glorious 70MM film.

Quentin Tarantino Assumes Full Control of the New Beverly Cinema

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The New Beverly Cinema has been a part of my life since I moved to Los Angeles, though I wasn’t a constant presence there.   While I loved a lot of their midnight programming (especially Brian Collins’ HMAD series) I just don’t have the constitution to go to midnight movies all that much.  Similarly, it’s geographically difficult for me to get there on occasion.  But it’s always been there and I’ve never had less than a great time going, plus prices were ultra-reasonable and all of the films were shown on 35MM (until recently).  But the theater is about to change faces, and it remains to be seen if the change will be for the better.

Michael Torgan has been running the New Beverly since 2007 when his father, Sherman Torgan, died.  Sherman had actually been running the theater since 1978, marking over three decades of the New Beverly being a family-run business.  Quentin Tarantino, who had been helping the Torgans with their business finances for some years, stepped in at that moment to buy the property in order to protect it.  As the landlord of the New Beverly Cinema, Tarantino had let Michael Torgan essentially do his thing, until he bought a digital projector to be able to show more current releases.  The theater was never going to abandon 35MM film, but Tarantino decided that he didn’t want to mix exhibition formats.  As a result, Michael Torgan no longer programs for the theater and the venue will be closed for a month.  When it reopens, Tarantino will have gotten rid of the digital projector and will be the primary programmer.  Hit the jump for more.

Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT to Begin Shooting in January; Will Receive Widest Release for a 70mm Film in over 20 Years [Updated]

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I understood when Quentin Tarantino decided to put The Hateful Eight on hold after the script was leaked.  It was his property, it wasn’t ready for public consumption, and it tainted the process.  But I’m overjoyed he decided to pick it back up and that it’s set for release next year.  According to Empire, Tarantino will begin filming in January, which means in all likelihood we’ll know the final cast before the end of 2014.  The full cast has yet to be announced, but Empire confirms Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached; there’s also the possibility Jennifer Lawrence could be on board.

Even more exciting is that Tarantino is using his sway to get a 70mm presentation to as wide an audience as possible.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: Ben Fritz at the Wall Street Journal adds that The Hateful Eight will initially be released exclusively in 70mm, followed by a 35mm and digital release in the following weeks.]

Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence in Talks to Join Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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Jennifer Lawrence is at a point in her career where she can do almost anything she wants short of saying, “I’m Batman now. Take a hike, Affleck.”  Thankfully, she continues to be smart about the projects she takes.  She has two blockbuster franchises, and she’s found a strong collaborator in David O. Russell.  But now there’s another big filmmaker who might work with the talented actress, and one who’s a far cry from her previous directors.

We’re hearing that Lawrence is in talks to team up with Quentin Tarantino for his upcoming film, The Hateful Eight.  Hit the jump for more.

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

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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.]

Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and More Band Together to Keep Kodak Film Alive; Deal Being Struck with Studios

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Though the rise of digital photography only began a little over a decade ago, the switch to digital has been on an exponential rise in the past few years, which has seen traditional film violently sidelined.  One might think it’d be beneficial to all to have a choice between shooting on digital or on film, and it is, but the final say really comes down to a business decision on the studio’s part.  Shooting digitally is now far cheaper than shooting on film, not only because you’re not paying for film prints, but because shooting digitally actually makes the production move at a faster pace.  However, there are a few highly regarded filmmakers who have been lobbying hard to keep film alive, and it appears that their activism has led to a serious deal between studios and Kodak that will keep the film company (the last of its kind) from going out of business.

Hit the jump for more on this deal, which was championed by the likes of Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Poster Confirms 2015 Release Date for Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film

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Fresh off confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth that The Hateful Eight will be Quentin Tarantino’s next film, we have the very first, official The Hateful Eight poster.  Not only is this an excellent piece of artwork that teases the bloody story of the Western, but the poster also confirms a planned 2015 release (likely in December) as well as the fact that Tarantino will shoot the pic in “Super CinemaScope”.  We previously heard that Tarantino was aiming to film The Hateful Eight in 70mm, and this poster indeed confirms that we’re in for one epic-looking Western.  The story 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.

Hit the jump to check out the Hateful Eight poster in full and for more on the film.

Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Talks DJANGO MEETS ZORRO Comic, KILL BILL: THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR and a Potential Future Science-Fiction Feature

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In 2005, Dynamite Entertainment was founded with the intent of publishing adaptations of pre-existing properties into comic-book form. Under the label, they’ve printed an eclectic number of adaptations from Terminator to Dracula to Xena: Warrior Princess.

In honor of the company’s ten-year anniversary, CEO Nick Barrucci premiered their newest comic — the first ever sequel to a Quentin Tarantino film: Django Meets Zorro. Eisner Award winning writer Matt Wagner and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino himself were on hand to discuss how this collaboration came about, what the storyline of the sequel will be and what previously thought-dead character will return for the comic. In addition, Tarantino discussed his favorite scene(s) from his entire film oeuvre, the status of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair and his idea for a science fiction film. Also gleaned from the panel, we previously reported on Tarantino’s announcement that The Hateful Eight will be his next picture. Hit the jump, for the panel highlights.

Quentin Tarantino Confirms He’ll Be Directing THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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At a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 for the first sequel ever to a Quentin Tarantino film, the comic book Django Meets Zorro, Tarantino tackled the question on everybody’s mind: The Hateful Eight. As you’re aware, Tarantino was planning to shoot the Western as his next film until the script leaked online and he put everything on hold. During the Comic-Con panel, one of the audience members point blank asked Tarantino if he’ll be making the script as his next feature, following recent word that it could be heating back up again. Tarantino hemmed and hawed for a bit – before finally committing: “Yeah – We’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight.” So there you have it: The Hateful Eight will be the next Quentin Tarantino feature.

The story 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.  Tarantino previously staged a reading of the script that included Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael MadsenJames RemarWalton GogginsZoe Bell, and Samuel L. Jackson, so most or all of those actors could appear in the finished film. As previously reported, filming might begin as soon as this November. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis and sound off in the comments with your thoughts.

Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT Still On; Only Slightly Delayed

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The last we heard about Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Western The Hateful Eight was that it would be shooting in November.  This was a welcome turn of events in a development saga that had turned somewhat sordid.  First, an early draft of the script leaked causing Tarantino to can the film and instead stage a live read.  So getting a new QT movie at all was a blessing.  Now comes the delay.  But the good news is that it’s apparently a minor one.

Kurt Russell is claiming that the film will actually be shooting next year.  Which, by the way, appears to lend some credibility to the idea that the cast of the live read of Hateful Eight would be returning for the film version.  That cast included Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell and Tim Roth.  Honestly, don’t expect all of them to come back.  Wanting to do a project and making time for it are two completely different things and aligning those 11 schedules could be tough.  Hit the jump for more on The Hateful Eight delay.

DJANGO/ZORRO Comic Book Series Coming from Writers Quentin Tarantino, Reginald Hudlin, and Matt Wagner

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Django Freeman, the hero of Quentin Tarantino, has already appeared in comics via an adaptation of the full screenplay.  Now the bounty hunter is returning to the medium in an incredibly random pairing with another memorable character.  Dynamite Entertainment is teaming with DC Entertainment to publish Django/Zorro.  Yes, it’s that Zorro, the legendary swordsman who first appeared in pulp magazines in 1919.  Tarantino will co-write the script with Reginald Hudlin (who co-produced Django Unchained) and Matt Wagner, creator of the acclaimed comic series Mage and Grendel.  The comic pairing of Django and Zorro is scheduled to his shelves in late 2014.  I usually wait to check out comics in trade paperback, but I might have to at least pick up the first issue to read this delightful-sounding madness.

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