Let the battle for Christmas theaters begin! The Weinstein Company officially announced today that Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” will release on Christmas Day this year, putting it up against a few of the largest theatrical releases we will see all winter.
The film, which will first release to Western audiences before making a global release on January 8th, will also be released in stunning 70mm stock.
“Beloved by filmmakers and cinephiles for its wide-scope and high-resolution image quality, 70mm stock captures nearly twice the landscape of the more common 35mm and digital styles,” the press announcement said. “Because of its unique quality and its importance to the art of filmmaking, Quentin, TWC, and a number of other major Hollywood directors and studios have negotiated deals with Kodak to continue production of 70mm and other film formats despite their higher costs and complexity of use.”
Tarantino is one of the many directors, including Christopher Nolan, fighting to preserve classic film-stock as digital-filmmaking slowly pushes the medium out of use. Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” began shooting back in January in frigid Colorado.
As the movie implies there are eight main cast-members that will be featured in the western. Those actors are Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell as John “The Hangman” Ruth, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage, Damian Bichir as Bob and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers.
Tarantino will be looking to beat “Django Unchained,” his previous work, which grossed over $425 million in theaters worldwide.