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Ennio Morricone to Score Upcoming Quentin Tarantino Movie 'The Hateful Eight'

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jul 14, 2015 10:24 AM EDT
Ennio Morricone to Score Upcoming Quentin Tarantino Movie 'The Hateful Eight' Composer Ennio Morricone performs at Unipol Arena on November 24, 2012 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo : Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Redferns/Getty Images)

Despite tensions in the past, it has been announced that Quentin Tarantino and the legendary composer Ennio Morricone will be working together on the upcoming Tarantino flick, The Hateful Eight.

The news comes from the floor of Comic-Con in San Diego. It was revealed during a panel discussion that Tarantino would work with Morricone on the upcoming Western, which will be Tarantino's eighth.

With The Hateful Eight in the works, this will come as Morricone's first Western in four decades. Mr. Morricone, along with director Sergio Leone, helped pioneer the Spaghetti Western genre, having produced such films as; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and My Name is Nobody.

The duo have collaborated in the past, having worked on Inglorious Basterds as well as Django Unchained, in which Tarantino used works coined by the producer music from other films--including "Ancora Qui," sung by Elisa Toffoli, along with three short Morricone instrumental pieces.

However, what makes the news surprising is Morricone's position on working with Tarantino. The composer has publicly admonished the filmmaker for arbitrarily using scores and songs in his films.

At one point, Morricone said to students in a music, film and television class at Rome's LUISS University:  "I wouldn't like to work with him again, on anything. He said last year he wanted to work with me again ever since Inglourious Basterds, but I told him I couldn't, because he didn't give me enough time. So he just used a song I had written previously."

Per The Hollywood Reporter Tarantino is frustrating to work with, Morricone said, observing that the two-time Oscar winner "places music in his films without coherence" and "you can't do anything with someone like that."

He even went so far as to criticize the film his music was appropriated for, Django Unchained: "To tell the truth, I didn't care for it," he said. "Too much blood."

While there may have been bad blood in the past, it's certainly exciting to see two archetypes of the genre working together again.

Until then, check out the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly below.

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TagsEnnio Morricone, Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds, Spaghetti Western, The Hateful Eight

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