At the end of last year, film lovers finally got semi-concrete proof that Quentin Tarantino‘s ninth full-length film The Hateful Eight was happening when the finalized cast dropped. While this list (which included Channing Tatum for some reason) did whet the appetite of Tarantino fanatics, this weekend, the writer-director blew the minds of film fans at Comic-Con by announcing that legendary film composer Ennio Morricone is, in fact, scoring the upcoming film.
Morricone—the man behind the cinematic scores of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables, and La Cage aux Folles—is considered one of the greatest film composers of all time by his colleagues. His score for The Hateful Eight will mark Morricone’s first venture back into the western genre in forty years, and his first collaboration with Tarantino since he openly criticized the Pulp Fiction mastermind’s habit of throwing music into his films “without coherence.”
The Hateful Eight, which is currently scheduled for a Christmas Day 70mm-only limited release, marks the fourth film that Tarantino and Morricone have worked on together. The pair collaborated on Inglourious Basterds and the Kill Bill films.
The wide release of The Hateful Eight starts on January 8, 2016.