The eighth film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino debuted a few minutes of footage in Hall H at Comic-Con to a rapturous response. The Hateful Eight arrives in cinemas this December; the highly anticipated 70mm epic was almost the Tarantino project that never was. 

Owing to a leaked copy of the script online, Tarantino announced he wouldn’t be making the film and abandoned all plans to rewrite the script. Once the dust settled, and an all-star live read-through wowed those who saw it, The Hateful Eight was back on and started production earlier this year.

During the panel, Tarantino opened up about his reaction to the script leak;

“The reason that [leak] bothered me so much is that this is one I wanted to go through three drafts; there're certain plot threads and I knew I had another couple of drafts to go. Having said that, my process is my process so even though I yelled and screamed I did what I do…it just got more publicity than I wanted to get.”

As usual, Tarantino has assembled another fantastic cast line-up that includes Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins and Michael Madsen. Legendary composer Ennio Morricone will create an original score for The Hateful Eight, which is tremendously exciting news. Tarantino used some Morricone’s tracks in Kill Bill, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds, and new music was created for Django Unchained, but this is the first full soundtrack the duo have collaborated on together.

The Hateful Eight arrives in the US on December 25 with the UK release scheduled for January 8, 2016.