I'm a big fan of Westerns. We've seen a large handful of them in the past few years. We've had some great ones - think True Grit and No Country For Old Men - and some... not so great ones; last year's A Million Ways To Die In The West was a disgrace to the classic genre of film. Well, this evening, our first look at Quentin Tarantino's Western - The Hateful Eight - has strolled in.
Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover of this week's issue and it puts the spotlight on the forthcoming film, which - as the cover reads - is "the meanest, grittiest and deadliest movie of the year." Considering that this is a Tarantino project we're talking about here, that description seems about right. The image features our first look at Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Lee and Kurt Russell's characters.
I'm a huge Tarantino fan. I think that all of his films, with one or two exceptions, are phenomenal and The Hateful Eight sounds like it's going to be continue his great track record, as another work of true art - like all of the previous projects of his. The Hateful Eight has an intriguing plot and sounds like it has the potential to be something special plus it has an impressive cast ensemble and I'm excited to see what they all bring to the table with this.
"For me, it has more of a Western Iceman Cometh kind of vibe about it," the director told EW, when talking about his latest cinematic endeavor. "A bunch of guys in a room who can't trust each other. That wasn't a marching order when I sat down to write the script, but pretty quickly I realised this is kind of a nice coming-full-circle." Hopefully it won't be too long now until we get to see more of the film; in the form of a trailer and poster.
Here's the film's official synopsis:
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.
With Quentin Tarantino at the helm, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern and Walton Goggins, The Hateful Eight is set to open towards the end of this year.
Check out the EW cover below:
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Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.