THE HATEFUL EIGHT Gets New poster, Ennio Morricone Score Revealed

Quentin Tarantino And Kurt Russell

During the yesterday’s San Diego Comic-Con panel for The Hateful Eight, director Quentin Tarantino, a huge admirer of classic Spaghetti Westerns, revealed that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will be providing an original score for the film.

Tarantino previously used tracks from Morricone’s discography in Kill Bill, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds, but all but one original track (“Ancora Qui”) for Django Unchained came from Morricone’s past films. Famed Italian film composer wasn’t happy at how the song was used in the film, even saying that “[he] wouldn’t like to work with [Tarantino] again, on anything.” Glad to see they’ve patched things up, although it is not a “done deal” until the very last out.

“I want to make one announcement that people don’t know yet. It wasn’t for sure, but we just settled it,” Tarantino told a packed audience. “You guys know that I don’t use an original score in my movies, I kinda take scores from other movies and put ‘em in there. This one, I thought should have an original score. So I’m here to announce that the great Ennio Morricone will be doing the score for The Hateful Eight. He’s writing right now, and recording in Prague in the next couple of weeks.”

The Hateful Eight was filmed in 70mm Ultra Panavision also used to make 1959’s Ben-Hur and 1963’s It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but this is just mind-blowing news. It will mark composer’s first full original Western score in almost 35 years. Gosh! How times flies.

A new poster for the film also premiered along with a seven-minute preview of the film, which suggests that the first trailer should be just around the corner. Love the poster. I have high expectations for this.

Comic Con 2015

In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Walt Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demián Bichir, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth, James Parks and Zoe Bell

The Hateful Eight opens in the States on Christmas Day 2015