Quentin Tarantino's newest effort The Hateful Eight has been mired in controversy ever since the script leaked out — he threatened to scrap the project entirely afterward and even sued Gawker for publishing it on its site. Luckily, the threats didn't reach fruition and the project moved forward even despite its plot being available to any curious parties. Now The Hateful Eight has a Christmas Day release date, hitting theaters nationwide exclusively in 70mm for two weeks.
70mm film is a wide, high-resolution film gauge (35mm is the standard format) and Tarantino has been a huge proponent of it for some time. According to the Weinstein Company, distributor for the film, this will be the widest 70mm release in the industry in more than 20 years. The Hateful Eight is following in the footsteps of Tarantino's Django Unchained, which also had a Christmas Day release in 2012 and earned Tarantino a Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and a slew of other high-profile actors star in the film, set in Wyoming soon after the Civil War. Since the script leaked and anyone can read it, a synopsis at this point is somewhat unnecessary. Suffice it to say that there are eight main characters, one or more disagreements of some kind, and a healthy dose of violence. In other words, it's a Quentin Tarantino movie.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters just a week before, as well as the new Point Break and Snowden also debuting on Christmas, The Hateful Eight has its work cut out for itself getting its share of moviegoers' frenetic eyes. But there's really nothing else in Hollywood like a Quentin Tarantino film (or a Quentin Tarantino, for that matter), so it will probably do just fine.