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

     September 3, 2014


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.]

Executive producer Harvey Weinstein tells Empire that The Hateful Eight will receive “the widest 70mm release for over 20 years”.  For those who don’t know what 70mm means, it refers to the film gauge and represents a wide, high-resolution image.  The reason we don’t get very many 70mm movies is that in addition to being expensive, theaters have a difficult time with projecting them.  But the payoff can be incredible, and I hope that when the film is released, audiences appreciate it.

However, keep in mind that just because Weinstein says the movie will receive the widest 70mm release in over twenty years, that doesn’t mean it will go to all theaters.  If you ignore movies like The Dark Knight, which sporadically included 70mm footage, then the only recent, true 70mm movies include The Master, Samsara, Baraka, and Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet.  I’m sure The Weinstein Company can get a Tarantino western into more theaters than those art house pictures, but I’d also be surprised if it’s only released in 70mm.

In any event, we’re sure to get more details on the presentation closer to release.  In the meantime, I’ll continue to appreciate that this movie is happening at all.


The Hateful Eight 70mm Release


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  • blake011

    I’m curious how this will work since PTA had such a hard time finding 70MM projectors for The master.

  • rajv

    Could this be an IMAX release? Because that is the only practical way to get the 70MM experience today.

  • Old Man Spence

    Can someone explain the difference between “70mm” release and IMAX?

    • Person

      Mostly aspect ratio. 70mm is 2.20:1 (PTA cropped The Master to 1.85:1 because parts of it were shot in 35mm and he wanted everything to match), while IMAX is 1.44:1.

    • SidizenKane

      In addition to the other response – a traditional 70/65mm film is shot like any other, in terms of the film going vertically through the camera gate, but IMAX cameras pull the film through the camera horizontally and thus manage to capture a larger frame size

  • Mike

    CineramaDome here I come!

    • Taragor

      Love that theater! Saw the presentation of How the West Was Won in true three projector format last year. Was soooo great! And like you, I refuse to call it the Arclight >.<

      • Mike

        I’ve inly been once and it was for opening night of The Master. It was great.

  • Danny T

    Can’t they just film in 70mm and convert it to a digital format for theaters without losing any picture quality?

    • Michael Strickland

      Ummm, no

      • Fabdex

        Tarantino is a celluloid snob.

    • lord jim

      how would they not lose picture quality?That´s impossible if you are not from the future.

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  • Old Soldier

    Will 70MM make excessive use of the “N-word” more or less offensive.

    • Fabdex

      You were offended by the use of “nigger” in “Django” ? How about “12 years a slave” ? Only an idiot would fail to put the word in context. (By the way: I am calling you an idiot, just to be clear, since you don’t seem to understand obvious things).

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