SDCC 2015: Quentin Tarantino And The Hateful Eight Take Over Hall H

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Last Saturday was the biggest day for most of San Diego Comic Con attendees as Hall H was graced with the presence of many important projects. One of those was Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Starting with a video introduction with Samuel L Jackson (who apologised for not being able to attend) and Quentin Tarantino sharing his undying passion for the craft of filmmaking (just a quick friendly reminder that he is against digital filmmaking, even calling it “the public HBO”), we were treated to one of the greatest panels of this year’s Comic Con.

Quentin Tarantino took the stage, followed by the Hateful Eight (or more like seven): Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.

Tarantino took his time to explain the movie was shot in 70mm, which allowed him to get closer to the actors. It created a more intimate and vivid atmosphere and augmenting the drama. After all, there’s going to be a big dose of drama; how could there not be with eight westerners seeking refuge in a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass during a blizzard?

Of all the footage that was shown in Hall H from various panels, this is one I highly doubt will be leaked (and really hope it won’t). Let us not forget the script for The Hateful Eight was leaked months ago, making Tarantino abandon the project for a while. He eventually changed his mind, wrote a whole new script, and made it happen.

We really don’t want another leak-incident related to this movie.

Tarantino shared a clip where we are introduced to the Hateful Eight, showing a bit of each character’s traits and a lot, a lot of Tarantino’s legendary sense of humour. Oh, and blood. Because you know, it’s Tarantino!

Kurt Russell is Jon Ruth, aka “The Hangman”. Russell praised Tarantino saying there’s no director like him, who is in a league of his own. He believes every actor should have a chance to work with him and was truly thrilled to be a part of his eighth movie.

Jennifer Jason-Leigh plays Ruth’s prisoner Daisy Domergue (“The Prisoner”), who fights to survive. Walton Goggins is Chris Manni, “The Sheriff”, who gets on Ruth’s stagecoach in order to get to the city he is supposed to serve as sheriff.

Then comes my pride and joy: Demián Bichir as Bob, “The Mexican”. Robert Rodríguez recommended Bichir to Tarantino after working with him in Machete Kills. Bichir seized the opportunity and said “I love you, Robert!”.

Tim Roth plays Oswaldo Mobray, “The Little Man”, who questions if it’s true that there’s a bounty on Daisy or if she’s just being held captive for no reason. This character reminded me a bit of Christoph Waltz. It gave me the feeling of being a classic Tarantino baddie.

Michael Madsen plays Joe Gage, “The Cow Puncher”, and Bruce Dern is General Sandy Smithers, a former general who looks like he has a history with Samuel L Jackson’s character, Major Marquis Warren.

These are the Hateful Eight and they are more badass than words could describe. It’s pure Tarantino action, clever dialogues and violence. I’m so ready.

During the Q&A, the conversation took a different turn when he was asked about the possibility of a third Kill Bill film. Don’t worry, my Kill Bill fans; although it’s unknown for now, he is not discarding that possibility. In fact, this third volume could be focused on the daughter of Vernita (Vivica A. Fox), so it would be a different revenge.

Plus, Uma Thurman wants it to happen too. There’s a slim chance of it happening at some point.

Probably the best question was that about his favourite thing he has written. After hesitating a bit, even saying that he did not have a favourite, he finally admitted that his favourite is the opening scene of Inglourious Basterds, at the French farmhouse. Obviously, the crowd went wild.

Finally, Tarantino announced that The Hateful Eight, unlike his previous films, will have an original score written by composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly). This movie is 100% western and I’m loving it already.

The Hateful Eight will debut with a special 70mm film print on Christmas Day and will get a wider digital release beginning on January 8th.