Just before the Thanksgiving holiday last month, Samuel L. Jackson gave fans the first look at part of Quentin Tarantino's assembled cast of The Hateful Eight during a rehearsal session. Yesterday, the actor gave fans our first look at the set in Colorado as production got under way on this highly-anticipated revenge Western. Hopefully this will be just the first of several photos as production continues, but we'll have to wait and see.
We reported back in September that director Quentin Tarantino will start shooting The Hateful Eight on December 8, somewhere in southwestern Colorado. The Colorado state film commissioner David Zimmerman confirmed that "the whole movie's going to be shot here," with sets to be built on an existing ranch. Colorado awarded the production with a $5 million tax incentive to shoot in the state, which represents 20% of the film's Colorado budget. The project will be the first major motion picture to shoot in Colorado since 1969's True Grit, starring John Wayne.
The Hateful Eight is set "six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War", centering on a bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) who races towards Red Rock to bring his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), known as "The Hangman" to justice. During their journey, 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. After a blizzard his, they are all forced to take refuge in a local tavern dubbed Minnie's, where they meet four familiar faces. Bob (Demián 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).
The supporting cast also includes Channing Tatum, Zoe Bell and James Remar. It isn't known how long principal photography will take, but The Weinstein Company, is already eyeing the Western for release in the fall of 2015. Take a look at the first set photo below, and stay tuned for more images as production continues.