A panel for director Quentin Tarantino‘s second film in the western genre, The Hateful Eight, was held at San Diego Comic-Con.
During the panel, seven minutes of footage that introduced the characters were shown to the audience. Descriptions of the characters and more information shared during the panel can be found below, along with a new poster for the movie.
Kurt Russell is John Ruth, aka “The Hangman,” a bounty hunter who obliges by the dead or alive, and kills his bounty by hanging. Samuel L. Jackson is Major Marquis Warren, aka “The Bounty Hunter.” Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Daisy Domergue, “The Prisoner” that Ruth and Warren will bring in. Walton Goggins is Chris Mannix, “The Sheriff” who hitches a ride on Russell’s stagecoach in order to get to the city he is supposed to police. Demián Bichir stars as Bob, aka “The Mexican,” who owns a farm that will be the characters’ refuge from the incoming blizzard Tim Roth is Oswaldo Mobray, aka “The Little Man,” a British man who questions if there is any truth to the bounty on Domergue or if Ruth was just holding her captive for no reason. Michael Madsen plays Joe Gage, aka “The Cow Puncher,” a mysterious man who is keeping to himself until the storm clears out. Finally, Bruce Dern plays Gen. Sanford Smithers, aka “The Confederate,” a former general who appears to have a history with Warren.
One thing is clear, Ruth intends to bring Dimergue to justice, and senses that there may be one or two people in the group of eight who have ulterior motives.
Tarantino confirms that he shot the movie on 70mm film, and it took him two weeks to put it together with his editor
The director reminisced about Comic-Con, saying he is okay with the growth of the event, unlike other people who complain about it.
When asked about why he chose to shoot in 70mm, Tarantino said they were just looking for a cool lens to use. The lenses used to film the movie are the same lenses that were used in filming Ben-Hur, The Battle of the Bulge, Mutiny on the Bounty, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Only one set of the lenses were made.
The lenses had to be kept warm since they are susceptible to frigid weather. But they never experienced a problem since they took great care of them.
Tarantino says he is not a fan of shooting on digital or presenting on digital, and that he did not work 20 years for diminishing returns. He’s looking forward to breaking the notion that the 70mm is more than landscape shots and travelogues, and can be shot indoors to be more intimate.
Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walter Goggins, Demain Bichir, and Tim Roth were all there to talk about the film. Russell says the film is in a league of its own.
Tarantino spoke about the leak of the script from last year that temporarily shelved the project. He clarified that what pissed him off about the leak was that he wanted to go through three drafts rather than his usual process. So he ended up shooting the second and third draft.
Going off subject for a moment, Tarantino was asked about if we would ever see the long-rumored Kill Bill 3. He replied that it is unknown at the moment, but “never say never” and that star Uma Thurman wants to do it.
Leigh said that her character is a bit feral, but crazy like a fox, while Goggins says it has been an extraordinary run.
Tarantino says that when it comes to westerns, you have to make at least three of them to consider yourself a director of the genre. He then confirms he will direct a third one at some point so that he can call himself a western director.
Bichir’s character was originally a Frenchman, but when he changed it to a Mexican, Tarantino called his friend Robert Rodriguez to give him a few suggestions. Rodriguez recommended Bichir. Tarantino added that Bichir did his own thing, that his performance in the film did not reflect what was on the pages of the script.
Roth said there was no improvisation necessary. Tarantino said this Roth’s performance was a collection of great British actors in the past.
When asked if there was any validity to the ten-film limit before he retires from filmmaking, Tarantino says that his ten-film target shouldn’t be considered his mission statement. He added there is an neat aspect to ten and done. But says that things can change; if he can’t shoot on film, it might not even reach ten. But if he can, he may shoot 15. He added that digital projection is HBO in public, and if he has to do digital, he will work in television miniseries instead.
Dern said that the excitement for all of them was to be asked to do a Tarantino film. Added that if there was a directing rival, it would be Luchino Visconti.
The final question was what was his favorite thing he has written, to which he responded that it was the French farmhouse opening scene in Inglourious Basterds. But before that was the Sicilian speech in True Romance.
Tarantino then announced that The Hateful Eight will have an original score, that will be written by legendary The Good, The Bad and the Ugly composer Ennio Morricone, which will be his first original western score in forty years.