Tarantino’s Hateful Eight shoots into Production

Possibly the most talked about script circulating right now, mainly due to the whole thing being leaked back in January this year. News quickly followed that Quentin Tarantino was not going to make the film after all the fuss concerning the leak. However, after a successful script reading to a small audience in Los Angeles, the project is back on the tracks again, and shooting begins in January next year.

It’s great news, because the small audience, who did get to see script reading back in April, were left standing on their feet applauding when the script reading was over. This clearly encouraged Tarantino.

The plot, which has got so many talking about its originality already, is supposed to (according to Deadline) “tell the tale of a small group of stagecoach passengers stranded during an Equality State blizzard in the later part of the 19th century.”

It is also going to heavily dictated by coincidences and misunderstanding between the different characters. It’s described as almost like a stage play but on screen with mainly only one setting, a bar. It is also split up into different acts with different titles for each one.

Being described as a stage play gives it a kind of period quality, but that isn’t the only thing that will make it seem periodic. The film will be the widest 70mm in 20 years. This news is thanks to Harvey Weinstein who has had a long and prestigious career with Tarantino, and wants this to feel like a true western, hence the 70mm which has been used most recently in the Paul Thomas Anderson period drama, The Master. Harvey and his brother Bob said in a statement recently “We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over 20 years ago.”

With the territory of being like “no other filmmaker” comes the added bonus of attracting the biggest stars to your project. The Hateful Eight has not had any confirmation on cast as yet, but strong rumours are that the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, Christopher Waltz.

There has also been a teaser trailer which you might have caught in the cinema if you went to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and a poster (which you can see below).

It’s strange how the ball has got rolling so quickly especially as Tarantino thought it was one of his close acting buddies who actually leaked the script, but that rumour has died down as late, as it might have been somebody’s agent who committed the act, but nobodie’s certain. Here is what he had to say earlier in the year when the leak happened:

“I gave it to three actors: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth. The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth. One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood. I don’t know how these f****ing agents work, but I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now. I give it 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.”

This change of heart to suddenly decide it is worth making is a very strong indication that this script is possibly one of his best yet. The reaction he got at the script reading, to the producers who have read the script, have all praised it as being totally unique and as having a very clever plotline, despite taking a while to get going with the actual conflict in the story, according to early readers of the script. It’s been described as a kind of Reservoir Dogs set in the Wild West. Also, there will be, as usual, a ton of spaghetti western violence with typical Tarantino – esque dialogue.

Let’s hope there aren’t any more setbacks and the original release date of fall 2015 will stay the same.

Let me know below if you have managed to get your hands on the script and whether you’re excited or not.