The Weinstein Company will handle worldwide distribution of Quentin Tarantino's post-Civil War western The Hateful Eight, beginning domestically in fall 2015, TWC said today. The change reverts to pre-Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds, which were handled globally by other companies.
Hateful Eight is set to begin principal photography in January and will be shot on 65mm film. Plan is to have the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years, per the announcement. Distribution will also feature 35mm and DCP formats, following the initial and exclusive 70mm release. Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh will produce the film and executive producers are Bob and Harvey Weinstein along with G. Mac Brown.
"We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior," Bob and Harvey Weinstein said in the joint statement. "There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over twenty years ago."
Indies Entertainment One and Lionsgate extended and expanded their joint deals in Canada, Australia and Spain, the companies said. The agreements extend eOne distribution across all media through 2018 for Lionsgate and Summit label films in Canada and Spain and Summit films in Australia.
The collaboration has already been responsible for launching The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent franchises in the three territories, according to the announcement. Upcoming agreements include Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, the next two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the next three films in the Divergent series (Insurgent and Allegiant Parts 1 & 2) and Gods Of Egypt, which just wrapped production in Australia, and Now You See Me 2, which starts production this fall.