Exclusive Quentin Tarantino Interview: ‘The Hateful Eight’

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We were lucky enough to sit down with writer-director Quentin Tarantino to talk about his eighth feature film, The Hateful Eight.

After getting past our enthusiastic gushing, we managed to ask Tarantino about whether he had the cast in mind when he initially wrote the screenplay, his decision to make The Hateful Eight his first film with an original score, the challenges of shooting for a 70mm release, and whether he could see himself tackling other genres. Check out our exclusive interview with Tarantino below.

The Hateful Eight, starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, and Bruce Dern, hit a wide U.S. release on January 8 and began its 70mm Australian on January 14 before opening wide on January 21.

You can find our review of the film right HERE.

Synopsis for The Hateful Eight:

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 (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason 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 (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton 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 (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

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