Director Quentin Tarantino‘s latest western, The Hateful Eight, is set to be released in theaters on Christmas Day, December 25th. We’ve already seen trailers and such for the movie (you can find them right here if you’ve not yet seen them), and now a different kind of preview has been released online.
A prequel comic has been released that sets up The Hateful Eight, which is actually written by Tarantino himself. The artwork for the comic is created by Zach Meyer. You can read a full synopsis and read the set-up comic below.
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…
The Christmas Day release of The Hateful Eight is only the 70mm presentation of the film—its intended format. After that, it will be released nationwide in digital theaters on January 8th.