“The Hateful Eight” Lives – Quentin Tarantino To Alter Script

April 21, 20140 Comments

Back in January, Quentin Tarantino shelved The Hateful Eight when the script was leaked online. The film was going to be another western set in Wyoming after the Civil War. It was saddening news, but the project may not be dead after all.

“I’m going to publish it [as a book], and that’s it for now,” Tarantino said at the time. “I give [the script] out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”

But at an all-star reading of The Hateful Eight script on Saturday in front of a live audience, the director admitted things have changed.

“I’m working on a second draft and I will do a third draft but we’re reading from the first draft,” Tarantino told the 1,200 fans attending the event, dubbed “Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino: The Hateful Eight.” “The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever,” he added.

The event featured Tarantino regulars Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Parks, Amber Tamblyn, Denis Menochet, James Remar, and Walton Goggins reading the script, which the filmmaker directed onstage.

“We’ve been rehearsing for the last three days,” Tarantino told the crowd. “We’re OK; we’re not bad.”

The live reading sounded like an amazing event to attend. I’m glad Tarantino is giving it another shot and will alter the script from the leaked version. I look forward to the project whether it becomes a novel, play or feature film.

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