The weird saga of Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight has taken yet another unexpected turn with a new report suggesting that the first teaser for the film will appear ahead of next week’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Given that the film hasn’t even begun shooting (and isn’t expected to do so until November), it’s difficult not to wonder what the first teaser for the film will include — and whether this may be the weirdest lead-up to a Tarantino film so far.
The report comes from multiple sources, including the Alberta Film Ratings Board, theater employees, and the official distributor page for The Weinstein Company, with the various elements compiled into a compelling case presented on Slash Film. Additional reports suggest that the teaser may consist entirely of title cards, which would make sense — but fans aren’t likely to know for sure until Sin City premieres August 22, which will likely be followed by the inevitable bootleg versions of the teaser that will be posted online.
In fact, the bootleg versions of the teaser may be all that’s available online for quite a while, as the site reports that Tarantino won’t officially release the teaser outside of theaters.
While everything about the teaser’s debut seems a little bizarre, it’s not entirely unexpected, given the timeline for the project thus far. After an early script of the film leaked online back in January, Tarantino made a public spectacle of canceling the film, only to revive it a few months later for a live reading of the script with a full cast that included Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, and Kurt Russell. The project was later reported to be back on again, with shooting expected to begin in November.
As for what’s in the film, the synopsis for the project reads as follows:
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.
There’s certain to be more updates on The Hateful Eight as the project moves along, so expect more news if/when the teaser debuts.