The Weinstein Company circled its wagons and peeled back the canvas on Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming “The Hateful Eight” at Comic- Con 2015.
The panel for the Western, already controversial thanks to a leaked script and threats from Tarantino to shelve the film entirely, started with a canned announcement from Samuel L. Jackson that the film will open as a “road show” — a formal cinematic event with commemorative programs to be projected in 70 mm in select theaters starting Christmas Day.
‘People don’t need to see a ‘Pacific Rim’ sizzle reel,” Tarantino told the crowd, “my editor and I cut a seven minute piece for you guys.”
Seemingly in competition with himself over how far he’ll go to avoid advances in technology, Tarantino revealed even the camera lenses he shot the Kurt Russell film with are the very same used in Charlton Heston’s “Ben-Hur.”
Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen appeared after the crowd watched exclusive footage depicting eight travelers stuck in a remote cabin during a blizzard.
A young girl dressed as The Bride, Uma Thurman’s character from the “Kill Bill” series, asked Tarantino if he’ll employ an anime sequence as he did in the aforementioned revenge flick.
“Where were you when I needed you?” Tarantino joked, confirming that animation is not a part of the new film. Speaking of “Kill Bill,” another fan brought up rumors of a third installment.
“Uma would really like to do it, we talk about it everyone once in a while,” he said.
Another audience member broached the original “Hateful Eight” script, which was leaked online after circulating through talent agencies vetting the project for actor clients.
“What pissed me off about what happened with the leak, this was one I kind of wanted to go through three drafts, I wanted to really get there,” he said. “My process was my process, even though I yelled and screamed about it, I ended up doing what I wanted to do.”
Tarantino also announced he’ll use an original score for “Eight,” a first for the Oscar winner, tapping veteran composer Ennio Morricone for his first Western score in more than 40 years.
Toward the end, another fan asked the director if he still intended to retire after 10 films, as Tarantino has said numerous times in interviews. The “Pulp Fiction” helmer said he never wanted to “fall out of touch,” but that he will only shoot on film.
“The thing I hate about digital projection is that it’s like [watching] HBO in public. But if that becomes the standard I can just go to television,” he said to thunderous applause.
Here’s the new teaser poster for “The Hateful Eight,” due out at 70mm-only theaters on Christmas Day ahead of a national release on Jan. 8, 2016.