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'The Hateful Eight' Update: Quentin Tarantino Says Upcoming Western Flick Is "The Funniest Snow Western Ever Made"

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July 6
5:46 AM 2015

Quentin Tarantino might be known for his action-filled masterpieces like "Django Unchained" and "Inglorious Basterds", but the filmmaker's upcoming Western flick "The Hateful Eight" might have something more than its intimidating, gun-toting genre. The director has recently referred the film which is slated for a December 2015 release, as "the funniest snow Western ever made."

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Quentin Tarantino has mentioned that despite the bleak and gruesome story, the viewers and fans might find "The Hateful Eight" a lot funnier than they imagined. "I can definitely say that as bleak as our movie is, we are definitely the funniest snow Western ever made," he said. "This is funnier than The Great Silence, it's funnier than Day Of The Outlaw .... Oh yeah, funnier than McCabe & Mrs. Miller.

The filmmaker went on to discuss the Western television shows, "The Virginian" and "Bonanza", that primarily influenced the movie. "You wait the whole episode to find out, 'Are they a good guy or are they a bad guy?' So I thought, 'What if I did a story that was made up of nothing but those characters?' So there's no good guys. There's no Little Joe," he explained.

As previously reported, "The Hateful Eight" follows a gun-toting group of eight who are forced to take refuge in a mountain lodge after a vicious blizzard hits the area. It will star Samuel L. Jackson ("Avengers", "Barely Lethal"), Kurt Russell ("Furious 7", "Poseidon"), Jennifer Jason Leigh ("The Machinist", "The Spectacular Now"), Michael Madsen ("Sin City", "Free Willy"), Tim Roth ('Selma", "Planet of the Apes"), Walton Giggins ("Django Unchained", "Predators"), Bruce Dern ("Nebraska", "Django Unchained"), and Demian Bichir ("Savages", "Machete Kills").

"The Hateful Eight" is coming to this year's San Diego Comic-Con with a Hall H presentation set for Saturday, July 11, at 1:30 in the afternoon.

Helmed by Tarantino, the upcoming Civil War-era pic is set to have an exclusive two-week US roadshow in 70mm nationwide starting in December 25, competing with Alejandro Inarittu's "The Revenant" which stars Leonardo de Caprio. A digital theatrical release of "The Hateful Eight" is then slated to follow in January 8th.

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