Director Quentin Tarantino returned to Comic-Con today to present his highly-anticipated Western The Hateful Eight with a Hall H panel. The director offered seven minutes of new footage, which has not been officially released yet, but he also debuted a brand new poster. He was joined by seven of The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, although Samuel L. Jackson wasn't present.
Among the highlights of the panel was Quentin Tarantino confirming that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will compose the score for The Hateful Eight, which will be his first Western movie in 40 years. During the Q&A session, Bruce Dern revealed that the director has the greatest attention to detail of any living filmmaker.
"Quentin has greatest attention to detail as any director who ever lived. If he had a rival it would only be Luchino Visconti."
The director also teased plans for making another Western.
"You have to make at least three westerns to call yourself a western director...I will eventually make 3 westerns."
He also addressed the infamous script leak by Gawker, which almost caused him to abandon the entire production.
"What pissed me off (is) it wasn't finished. Still three drafts to go."
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (NE41kvci4H9k69) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Sammuel 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. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar 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 (MMichael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all... Check out the latest poster, and stay tuned for more on The Hateful Eight, arriving in theaters Christmas Day.