Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' set for Christmas release

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Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Opening Christmas Day

By Variety:

The Weinstein Company has given Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" a Christmas Day launch.

TWC will hold keep the Western in exclusive release for two weeks after Christmas and then go wide on Jan. 8. The film will be released in 70 mm — marking the widest release in the format in over 20 years.

"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 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."

Tranatino began shooting in January in Telluride, Colo.

The eight cast members in "The Hateful Eight": 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.

It's Tarantino's eighth feature and the follow-up to "Django Unchained," which grossed over $425 million worldwide. The story is set on a wintry Wyoming landscape as a storm overtakes a stagecoach on a mountainside stopover.

Producers are long-time Tarantino collaborators Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and G. Mac Brown are the executive producers, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producers.

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