• Quentin Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight will be released in 70mm. (ABACA USA)Source: ABACA USA
Quentin Tarantino's new Western 'The Hateful Eight' will be released in 70mm - marking the widest release in the format in over 20 years.
Reuters, SBS Movies

15 Jun 2015 - 11:57 AM  UPDATED 15 Jun 2015 - 12:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) Quentin Tarantino's eighth feature and the follow-up to Django Unchained will be released on 70mm film stock.

"Beloved by filmmakers and cinephiles for its wide-scope and high-resolution image quality, 70mm stock captures nearly twice the landscape of the more common 35mm and digital styles," the announcement said.

"Because of its unique quality and its importance to the art of filmmaking, Quentin, TWC and a number of other major Hollywood directors and studios have negotiated deals with Kodak to continue production of 70mm and other film formats despite their higher costs and complexity of use."

The use of 70mm stock impressed cinematographer Bill Bennett at a recent private screening. He described The Hateful Eight as "crazy beautiful" on Twitter.

Tarantino began shooting the film, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern, in January.

The story is set at a wintry Wyoming landscape as a storm overtakes a stagecoach on a mountainside stopover.

Producers are longtime Tarantino collaborators Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and G. Mac Brown are the executive producers, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producers.

The Western has been given a January 8, 2016 release date in the United States. An Australian release date has not yet been set.

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