When Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez get together, mischief always ensues. I’ve confirmed that although Tarantino hasn’t started shooting the ensemble Western The Hateful Eight, he has managed to shoot a teaser trailer that will precede his pal Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Tarantino confirmed during an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con that he would go ahead with his Western, which he revealed to Deadline in January he would scrap because the agents of one of a handful of actors he gave the script to had leaked it. It created a drama that included a lawsuit, a killer live reading staged for charity, and then finally a deal with The Weinstein Company to giddyap in early 2015 start for the movie that will star Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell and others.
How much Tarantino will have to show without yet shooting anything remains to be seen, but it certainly makes the Sin City sequel more enticing when it opens next Thursday at midnight. Tarantino and Rodriguez first hooked up when they shopped the package for the 1994 classic From Dusk Till Dawn, which Rodriguez directed and Tarantino scripted and played a creepy sociopath sexual predator, who with his brother (George Clooney) go on the run and hole up in a stripper bar in Mexico haunted by vampires. Tarantino also played a role in Rodriguez’s Desperado, and they hatched some pretty cool mock film trailers in 2007’s Grindhouse, the B-movie homage that sandwiched trailers by them, Eli Roth, Edgar Wright and Rob Zombie. Rodriguez’s trailer for Machete led to an actual film getting made, and a mock trailer for Hobo With A Shotgun done by Nova Scotia filmmakers Jason Eisener, John Davies, and Rob Cotterill also led to a feature that starred Rutger Hauer. Now, they’re at it again on Sin City 2, which Rodriguez directed with Frank Miller, who hatched the graphic novels on which the stylized and atmospheric film is based. If you ask me, Tarantino has done his buddy a big favor here.