A little over a year ago, it appeared that we would never see The Hateful Eight, the script intended to be Quentin Tarantino’s follow-up to 2012’s controversial Django Unchained. The original script leaked, infuriating the iconic filmmaker so much that he sued Gawker for releasing the script to the public and threatened to scrap the film because the story had already been spoiled.
But you can’t keep a good script down. The two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter regrouped, wrote a new draft, and filmed The Hateful Eight in “glorious” Ultra Panavision 70, a wider-than-widescreen format not used in almost 50 years. The teaser trailer, which dropped Wednesday, shows off the film’s gorgeously rendered snowy setting and promises Tarantino’s distinct blend of genre-flipping, pithy dialogue, and blood... lots of blood.
The Hateful Eight—starring Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tarantino regulars Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen—opens in theaters this Christmas.