Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Will Be Scored By None Other Than Ennio Morricone

Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Will Be Scored By None Other Than Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone in Cannes (Salle du Soixantième), for the presentation of new “Once upon a time in America” (Sergio Leone, 1984) version. LucaChp / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

When The Weinstein Co. announced that Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” will be attending this year’s Comic-Con, the company probably did not think they would actually land a legend to write the film’s score. But as far as a nice surprise goes, that is exactly what happened. After all, when it comes to doing a Western, it does not get any better than having Ennio Morricone do the film’s score.


According to Slash Film, Tarantino made the announcement during “The Hateful Eight’s” panel in Hall H. He said.

“I want to make one announcement that people don’t know yet. It wasn’t for sure, but we just settled it. You guys know that I don’t use an original score in my movies, I ‘kinda take scores from other movies and put ‘em in there. This one, I thought should have an original score. So I’m here to announce that the great Ennio Morricone will be doing the score for ‘The Hateful Eight.’ He’s writing right now, and recording in Prague in the next couple of weeks.”

Rolling Stone reports that the movie represents Ennio Morricone’s first western film music score in 40 years. Meanwhile, Tarantino has long been known to use Morricone’s scores for his films over the years, including “Django Unchained,” “Death Rides A Horse,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Death Proof,” “From Man to Man,” “Grindhouse,” “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Kill Bill: Volume 2.”

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Meanwhile, it seems this partnership would not have been possible two years ago when Tarantino and Morricone did not exactly take a liking to each other. Rolling Stone learned that the legendary composer reportedly told film students in Rome that Tarantino “places music in his films without coherence” and even added that “Django Unchained” was a film he “didn’t care for.” However, this was clarified later on with Morricone stating that he actually had “a great respect for Tarantino.” The composer even added, “I am glad he chooses my music.”

Meanwhile, “The Hateful Eight’s” Comic-Con panel started with a preview of the movie’s 70mm trailer. After which, Tarantino came up onstage along with the film’s stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. Tarantino answered a lot of questions about the film including first draft of “The Hateful Eight” script that was leaked online. With regard to this, he commented, “It got more public than I wanted it to get.”

According to The Quentin Tarantino Archives, “The Hateful Eight” is a Western film “set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War.”

“The Hateful Eight” is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival while a 70mm wide release is expected around the end of 2015.