July 11, 2015 5:59 PM EDT

After screening never-before-seen footage of The Hateful Eight for thousands of fans at San Diego Comic-Con, director Quentin Tarantino announced that the famed composer Ennio Morricone will score the film—the first Western he has scored in over 40 years.

The original score is a departure for Tarantino, who usually uses music from other films in his own works. Morricone is best known for his work on The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. It’s a huge get for Tarantino, who says he’ll only consider himself a director of Westerns when he makes a third Western film. So far, Django Unchained and Hateful Eight are his only Westerns but he said he plans to film another.

Tarantino also announced that this Christmas the film will be released in rare 70mm in select theaters in a “roadshow” format.”I am not a fan of digital projection,” he said. “We’ve already ceded too much ground to the barbarians.” Tarantino’s throwback filming method has fallen out of style with the rise of digital. He said digital film is “like HBO in public. So maybe I’ll move into TV.” He quipped that his notoriously lengthy scripts always must be cut down anyway, so why not do an eight-hour mini-series? Fans cheered at the prospect.

Some of Tarantino’s cast joined him onstage, including Bruce Dern, who gave the director a hefty compliment: “Quentin has greatest attention to detail as any director who ever lived. If he had a rival it would only be Luchino Visconti.”

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