70mm Projectors in 50 Theaters for THE HATEFUL EIGHT Release

Kurt Russell And Bruce Dern

Quentin Tarantino has reportedly decided that his next western The Hateful Eight should be presented in the 2.78:1 aspect ratio and will help put 70mm projectors equipped with the proper anamorphic gear into roughly 50 U.S. theaters before a wider release in 35mm and digital.

“[Tarantino] really wants to get people back into theaters. You’re not going to get this [at home]. He did something really great to bring that [experience] back,” Dan Sasaki of Panavision told THR during the Cine Gear Expo presentation. “Quentin wanted an epic Western, something that hasn’t been seen in forever, that would really wow people. [When he saw this test,] he started bouncing in his seat.”

The Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses was only briefly used in the ’50s and ’60s, with the 1966’s Khartoum being the last to shoot using the system. A few years back Paul Thomas Anderson had a handful of pop-up screenings for The Master in 70mm.

Featuring 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, Demian Bichir as Bob, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage, Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers, and Channing Tatum in a small role, the film will likely be in theaters by the end of the year.

Cinematographer Bill Bennett, who’s not shot the film (that was Robert Richardson) but only attended the presentation of Hateful Eight footage, offered a screenshot from a test clip before production started. Going that wide most theaters will not be able to mask it properly.