Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Hateful Eight features music originally written for The Thing


Quentin Tarantino chooses his cast very carefully and pays great attention to specific details such as the movie’s peculiar dialogue and soundtrack. When he embarked on his next project The Hateful Eight, he called the renowned composer EnnioMorricone to his aid. However, according to Consequence Of Sound, Morricone failed to fully meet Tarantino’s expectation due to lack of time. Nevertheless, they found a convenient solution; they decided to implement some of his unused music from the 1982 remake of The Thing by John Carpenter, which resulted in a full score.

During a post-screening interview accompanied by Christopher Nolan, Tarantino had the following to say, “I had a little voice in my head saying, ‘This material deserved an original score, I didn’t ever want to trust a composer with the soul of my movie.’” Never before has he ever confessed to having the need to rely on  a single composer to set the appropriate atmosphere for his movie. (Tarantino has previously used Morricone’s pieces for productions such as Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained, but this was the first time he hired him to compose a full soundtrack.)

Tarantino tried to lureMorriconeto join his team, but his attempts were to no avail due to Morricone’sprior engagements with filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore. Tarantino thus chose to settle for making use of unused tracks intended for The Thing. (Morricone composed an orchestral and a synthesizer piece for The Thing) Furthermore, even though the two movies may not have as much in common, there are definitely some overlaps. One of the main ones is namely the shaggy Kurt Russell. Others include a group of men dealing with trust issues, and a snow-packed set. In addition, Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character may be sentenced to be hanged for possibly being the shape-shifting alien.

Morricone was fascinated by the footage he had the privilege to see and did not hesitate to compose an additional 15 minutes of new music. This was Morricone’s great come-back to a Western movie soundtrack after three decades. Naturally, this will not go by without a proper celebration; the plan is to have a deluxe vinyl release, and needless to say you will all be able to have a listen on December 25th  when the The Hateful Eight starts its 70mm roadshow.

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