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 Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached with the possible addition of Jennifer Lawrence. The movie will be shot on glorious 70MM film.
According to the Denver Post pre-scouting for the shoot has already occurred and the $44 Million film will benefit from a $5 Million tax break for shooting in the state. Per the Post:
The film’s Colorado budget includes $15.7 million for payroll, including a Colorado crew of 168, and $9.35 million in other in-state spending, including lodging. The state rebate of $5 million represents 20 percent of that spending. Prep work should begin early next month with shooting expected to start on Dec. 8 at the Schmid Ranch, on Wilson Mesa 10 miles west of Telluride.
The crew would be housed in Telluride and take a break over the Christmas holiday.
The nearly 900-acre, high-mesa ranch, homesteaded in 1882, is under a conservation easement, which will require that the land be returned to its original state after filming is completed.
The report also mentions that this will in fact be the biggest production to shoot in the state since True Grit. Not the 2010 film, but the 1969 John Wayne version. That’s a pretty astounding stat.