The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado just beat out Utah and Wyoming in the fight to host Quentin Tarantino's eighth feature film, called "The Hateful Eight." The state approved a $5 million incentive package to bring the $44 million film to Southwest Colorado, and Tarantino has chosen Schmid Ranch, 10 miles west of Telluride, as the film's setting. The entire movie will be shot here, exteriors and interiors, so let's take a tour, shall we?
"The Hateful Eight" is set in the early 1870s and aims to tell what happens when bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard. Of course, things don't go quite as planned and you can expect plot-twisting deception, betrayal, and a fair amount of violence (it is a Tarantino film). A whole slew of Tarantino vets are rumored to be part of the post-Civil war film, including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Amber Tamblyn and Bruce Dern.
So why did Tarantino chose Telluride for his latest epic? Apparently the film needed an old-timey ranch and lots of snow. It helps that when Tarantino visited Telluride, he fell in love. Don't expect scenes from iconic Telluride spots like Town Park, the movie will be shot about 10 miles west at Schmid Ranch. The ranch delivers on loads of western charm, with several old buildings set on 900 acres of high-mesa terrain first homesteaded in 1882. Production crews should arrive in October and filming should begin on December 8. If you're in Telluride skiing this year, make sure to look for movie stars; apparently the crew and cast will be housed in town.
And while Monarch Pass hosted film crews from the "Fast & Furious 7" last summer, "The Hateful Eight" will be Colorado's biggest film since John Wayne filmed 1969's "True Grit." According to the Denver Post, the film's Colorado budget includes $15.7 million for payroll, employing a Colorado crew of 168, and $9.35 million for other in-state spending like lodging.
Curious about what this will all look like? Take a tour through Schmid Ranch, below.
· Quentin Tarantino set to shoot "Hateful Eight" in Colorado [Denver Post]
· Schmid Ranch [Official Site]
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