It’s official, The Weinstein Company announced today that Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight will open in select theaters on Christmas Day in “glorious 70mm.” The big screen format will be the only way to see the film until it goes into wide release on January 8, 2016.
A synopsis for the film was also released by the Weinsteins:
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…
It is reported that Tarantino insisted on filming the western only on celluloid and converting the New Beverly – the theater he manages and programs in Los Angeles – to film-only.
The Hateful Eight will open in select theaters on December 25th and go into wide release on January 8, 2016. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Zoë Bell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, James Parks, Lee Horsley, Gene Jones, Craig Stark, Dana Gourrier, Bruce Del Castillo, Belinda Owino and Keith Jefferson. Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay and directs.