Tarantino Announces Ennio Morricone is Scoring 'The Hateful Eight'
by Alex Billington
July 11, 2015
Holy crap!!!!! At the end of his Hall H presentation at Comic-Con 2015 for his new movie The Hateful Eight, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino announced that legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone is writing and recording an original western score for the movie. Quentin said that Ennio is currently writing the score now, and will be recording it in a few weeks in Prague. The film is set for a "roadshow" 70mm release in limited theaters starting Christmas Day later this year. In his previous films, Tarantino has used some of Morricone's scores from other work (that wasn't written for the actual film). Now he's finally getting his chance to get a brand new, original score from Morricone for his own western. I cannot wait to hear it.
As a longtime fan of Ennio Morricone, this is incredible news. Tarantino confirmed during the presentation that this would be Morricone's first original western score in 40 years. Many may recall some choice words that Morricone had for Tarantino after being asked about using his music in his films. But apparently the two made up, or talked things out, or just became friends, as it's officially happening. Which is kind of legendary in and of itself. Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is also shot in ultra-panavision 70mm, the 11th film ever to be shot in this format. They used the very same lenses also used on Ben-Hur. It looks stunning, and it's definitely going to be an unforgettable theatrical experience later this year. We'll see you in December.