Back when Star Wars came out in 1977, theaters had to rebuild their sound systems for Dolby Stereo, or they couldn’t play the movie. Now some theaters are being rebuilt to play film in a digital age to play the next Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino, like a small handful of directors, can continue to work in film, like Christopher Nolan and JJ Abrams, who shot The Force Awakens on celluloid. But gone are the days when film will be screened through movie projectors, it’s all going to be screened digitally, but Tarantino is insisting that fifty theaters are being rebuilt for film projectors.
According to Collider, The Hateful Eight is being shot in Ultra Panavision 70, which hasn’t been used since 1966. And as The Hollywood Reporter tells us, the VP of Panavision said, Tarantino “really wants to get people back into theaters. You’re not going to get this [at home]. Quentin wanted an epic Western, something that hasn’t been seen in forever, that would wow people.”
Will it wow audiences when it’s out in theaters? We’ll find out soon enough when The Hateful Eight hits theaters some time later this year.