Just a few days after director Quentin Tarantino confirmed at Comic-Con 2014 that The Hateful Eight is moving forward, the first poster has been revealed in the new issue of Empire magazine. Take a look at the image below, then read on for more details.
The most intriguing detail on the poster, aside from the synergy that this is the director's eighth film, is that Quentin Tarantino plans on shooting this Western in the Super CinemaScope format. The filmmaker previously revealed that he planned on shooting The Hateful Eight in 70mm, as opposed to the standard 35mm. While 70mm films are certainly rare these days, Paul Thomas Anderson employed the format in his 2012 drama The Master.
CinemaScope came into prominence in the early 1950s, which helped pave the way for the widescreen theatrical format that is commonly used today. At the time, the industry standard aspect ratio was 1.37:1, but the anamorphic CinemaScope lenses allowed for an aspect ratio of up to 2.66:1. A number of classics were shot in CinemaScope, including An Affair to Remember, The Comancheros, Forbidden Planet and many more.
The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.