The Hateful Eight Will Feature Ennio Morricone’s First Western Score in 40 Years

Director Quentin Tarantino made the announcement at SDCC yesterday

Fans of classic Spaghetti Westerns take note! The musical master of epic Western machismo, Ennio Morricone, is teaming up with director Quentin Tarantino on the latter’s upcoming post-Civil War Western The Hateful Eight (starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, and a panoply of other big name actors). It’s no secret that the director is a big fan of Morricone’s work, and it won’t be the first time Morricone’s music appears in a Tarantino flick—the auteur has previously used sound bites in Kill Bill 1 and 2, as well as Death Proof—but it will be the first time the composer has scored a Western since his heyday almost forty years ago.

Morricone, who has composed music for more than 500 movies and TV productions, is perhaps best known for his work with Italian director Sergio Leone, whom he met in the ’60s. The latter’s The Man With No Name trilogy, starring Clint Eastwood, became a modern classic of the Western genre in no small part due to Morricone’s masterfully crafted scores. Check out the trailer for The Hateful Eight below. The movie premieres December 25.