Ennio Morricone is one of the most easily recognizable names in the annals of film if you’ve grown up watching spaghetti westerns and giallo slashers.
However, he has also managed to transcend genre with his work on films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
It’s no mystery that Quentin Tarantino has been a fan of the man’s work his entire life, and that’s now culminating in Morricone composing a score for The Hateful Eight, QT’s upcoming western.
Not only will it be the first time that a Tarantino film uses its own original score, but it will also be a return to the western genre for Ennio Morricone, who hasn’t composed for such a film in over 40 years.
The announcement came at the end of Tarantino’s discussion panel at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
— The Hateful Eight (@thehatefuleight) July 11, 2015
It was also something of a surprise, considering that Morricone has gone on record in the past to having an aversion to blood on screen. In fact, he admitted to not being able to handle Django Unchained for its brutal violence; it’s unlikely The Hateful Eight will be any different.
But that isn’t the only thing surprising about Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino getting together. According to a past Inquisitr story from 2013, Morricone allegedly had tension with Tarantino.
The composer — then 84-years-old — said that his words had been “taken out of context” when he reportedly criticized Quentin Tarantino.
He was rumored to have said that he “wouldn’t like to work with him [QT] again, on anything.”
“He said last year he wanted to work with me again ever since Inglorious 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,” Morricone is rumored to have said.
Reports also said that he found Tarantino “impossible” to work with because he “places music in films without coherence.”
When the comments leaked out onto multiple websites, Morricone walked them back and criticized media for misquoting him.
“What I read about by statements on Quentin Tarantino is a partial writing of my thoughts which has deprived the true meaning of what I said, isolating a part from the rest,” noted Morricone. “In this way my statement sounds shocking, penalizing me, and bothering me a lot.”
Now that Ennio Morricone has agreed to score The Hateful Eight, this appears to be one rumored feud that can be laid to rest.
[Image of Quentin Tarantino at Comic-Con 2015 via Twitter, linked above]