Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone will return back to the Spaghetti Western genre for the first time in four decades as he has agreed to score Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Morricone has previously scored for other films in this genre such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and My Name is Nobody. His music has also been heard in several of Tarantino’s films. In Kill Bill: Volume 1 we heard the composers “From Man to Man” track from the 1967 Spaghetti Western Death Rides a Horse, then his music was featured in Kill Bill: Volume 2, Death Proof (Tarantino’s half of 2007’s Grindhouse) and in 2012’s Django Unchained, in which the director used Morricone’s classic “Ancora Qui” track.

Tarantino originally wanted Morricone to score his Oscar nominated Inglourious Basterds flick but the composer was unable to since he was already working on Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria. back in 2013 the composer told film students out in Rome that the director “places music in his films without coherence” and that he “didn’t care for” Django Unchained. later on Morricone clarified his statements, saying “a great respect for Tarantino” and “I am glad he chooses my music.”

The Hateful Eight will be the first film Taratino has done that will utlize a traditional film score. Starring in the Spaghetti western is Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern and many others. The film arrives Christmas day.