Quentin Tarantino has a special Christmas present for fans: The release of "The Hateful Eight."

The Weinstein Company announced Friday that the official release date for the long-in-the-works flick -- which has seen its share of behind the scenes woes, including a stolen script -- is December 25, where it will debut in select theaters in 70mm film format. A nationwide release in a digital format is planned for January 8.

"Our long relationship with Quentin Tarantino is one of the cornerstones of this company, so it's incredibly special to us to be releasing his latest film in such a spectacular way on 70mm – we can't think of a finer Christmas gift to be giving movie lovers and Tarantino fans this year," said Erik Lomis, TWC president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment, in a statement.

The Christmas Day timing puts "Hateful" head-to-head with several other high-profile projects, which are also slated for release on the holiday. They include the Will Smith-starring NFL drama "Concussion," Oliver Stone's biopic "Snowden," and the "Point Break" remake.

"The Hateful Eight" stars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]