Here’s a new hope for fans of Quentin Tarantino who want to see his script for The Hateful Eight turned into a real live movie: he is working on the script again. Tarantino is just coming off the staged reading of the film at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and he seems to have enjoyed the process. The project was originally slated to film this year, but Tarantino decided not to move forward after the first draft of the script was leaked in January.
But on Saturday, Tarantino told the audience that he is working on a second draft and is planning to write a third draft. That seems like a lot of effort for a script you never want to shoot. The Film Stage is reporting that the film will go into production next winter, but no one else has picked that up, so let’s call it a wishful rumor. Still, there is good reason to hope that we’ll see The Hateful Eight roll into theaters in the not so distant future.
I’m really glad Tarantino has gotten over the “betrayal” of the script leak. It was probably pretty demoralizing to see it out there before it was ready, but it sounds like he had a pretty good story going. Audience members had to surrender their cell phones when they entered the theater, so hopefully we won’t see any leaked footage of the read itself. I wouldn’t want him to abandon the project a second time.
Samuel L. Jackson, James Parks, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Denis Menochet, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell, and James Remar were the "Tarantino All-Stars" who participated in the reading.
The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.