SAN MIGUEL COUNTY - Filming is about to begin near Telluride on Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino's next film, "The Hateful Eight."
Actor Samuel L. Jackson tweeted a selfie this morning with the caption, "And it begins!"
"The Hateful Eight" has a budget at $44 million. Tarantino wrote it and will be directing the film. It is set in post-Civil War Wyoming. The $5 million in incentives Colorado offered to the film were more attractive than what Wyoming offered.
In October, the San Miguel County Commissioners approved a special-use permit to Tarantino for the film to be shot on the Schmid Ranch. The 900-acre ranch near Telluride was homesteaded in 1882. Part of the permit requires the land be returned to its original state after filming is wrapped up.
The cast is a who's who of veteran actors: Jackson, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Keeping true to Tarantino's other movies ("Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill" & "Django Unchained"), "The Hateful Eight" will be violent and intense.
The story revolves around a bounty hunter (Russell) who is trying to make it across Wyoming in a stagecoach. One of the people he meets along the way is a another bounty hunter (Jackson). The storm gets to be too much, and they are holed with other strangers on a mountain pass. The "hateful eight" start to realize they may not make it to their final destinations.
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