Quentin Tarantino’s Still Working on ‘The Hateful Eight’

Quentin Tarantino at the live staged
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After the script of Quentin Tarantino’ s “The Hateful Eightwas leaked in January, the director said he had “no desire to make it.” Well, it’s safe to say he’s reconsidered. At Film Independent’s staged reading of “The Hateful Eight” on Saturday at Downtown L.A.’s Ace Hotel, Tarantino said he was working on a second draft and a third would also come.

“This is the first draft,” he clarified. Tarantino noted that the final chapter, chapter five titled “Black Night, White Hell,” has been rewritten and “this is the only time you’ll see” this version.

In a black cowboy hat and western shirt, the director introduced in order of appearance “the Tarantino Superstars,” all alums of his previous films: Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, James Parks as the driver O.B., Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth also known as “The Hangman,” Amber Tamblyn as his prisoner Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Denis Menochet as the Frenchman Bob, Tim Roth as the Englishman Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as John Gage, Bruce Dern as Confederate General Smithers, Dana Gourrier as Minnie, Zoe Bell as Six Horse Judy and James Remar as Jody. (Some of the actors also read multiple roles.) 

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

Tarantino proceeded to narrate and give very specific stage directions and scene-setting, down to p.o.v. and camera angles. He repeatedly called attention to the snowy Wyoming setting, post-Civil War, to be shot in “70 mm gloriousness.” He also stopped his actors to redo lines or even rewrite scenes, whispering in Jackson or Roth’s ears, or tell them to “stick to the page” if they were going astray. “No more co-writing,” Tarantino said. The audience laughed, clearly enjoying this peek into Tarantino’s process.

As you’d expect from Tarantino, the script is violent, bloody, laced with profanity and vomit. The biggest laughs came in the fifth chapter as the director read the reaction shot for Madsen’s character as he takes a drink, “with a look like he’s coming in his pants.” Goggins couldn’t help but break character and interject, “That’s how you look when you come in your pants?” Madsen told Tarantino, “It’s never happened before, Quent.” Tarantino promised to show him sometime.

Proceeds from the event benefited Film Independent at LACMA. Tickets were sold for $150-$200. Spotted in the crowd: Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein, Rick Nicita and Jesse Plemons.

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight staged reading(Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” pictured clockwise from top: Kurt Russell, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, James Parks, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn and Denis Menochet)

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  1. Reblogged this on Hoskins | Dieuvil P.C. and commented:
    Tarantino Update! #hateful8

  2. Ms Genesis says:

    Why not bring some of this action to chicago

  3. lisa runnels says:

    ok—-good cast—the director needs to preform his magic—lol

  4. Parker says:

    What did you take the photo above with, a smartphone on widescreen? Terrible, get a proper camera! The stars stretch out on the sides indicating a photo with a smartphone. Are you on such a poor budget?

  5. Melissa says:

    I wish he was involved, he is such an amazing actor. I’m glad to see Michael Madsen is in it though. I really like him, loved him in Reservoir dogs

  6. i thought that Christoph Waltz was involved :(

  7. Thedeadlyhandsofkungfu says:

    I attended the event. It was spectacular. Samuel Jackson was amazing. Bruce Dern had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Kurt Russell hit it out of the park. When the characters were killed off, they literally fell off their chairs on stage and were laying down on stage until the entire scene played out. It was great to watch how QT interacted with his cast. He would go over and whisper in their ear. Sometimes, he demanded they please stick to the script and not deviate from the exact dialogue. It felt like a broadway play but with movie stars. Just amazing.

  8. cadavra says:

    Knowing Tarantino, I have to assume the name “Marquis Warren” is a hat-tip to Charles Marquis Warren, the writer/producer/director who worked on many classic TV westerns, including “Rawhide,” “The Virginian” and “Gunsmoke.”

  9. JOE S HILL says:

    If Quentin Tarantino does this western,likely his version of the “Spaghetti Western”,especially since he
    has shown his love for Ennio Morricone’s music,which he has used in his previous films,then the studio
    he should do this “Hateful Eight” project for,is MGM’s United Artists division,since UA was partially responsible for igniting the Spaghetti Western,with Clint Eastwood’s “Man With No Name” trilogy that
    Sergio Leone helped to establish,back in the 1960s. it would be sure be a good excuse for MGM to revive United Artists again,since they havn’t used that division in a good few years,before their Chapter 11 situation came about!

  10. All that “barking about” that “not interested in it”, that “pulling the plug” talk, all that “suing” business… here he is back at it again… How typical.
    Guess what? I’m the one who’s not interested now.

  11. Melissa says:

    I love QTs movies. You can tell when you’re watching a movie that it’s his, he always puts his own kind of stamp on things. He is a great story teller and I love his sense of humor and and the way he incorporates music into his movies. I haven’t read the leaked script but I will for sure be seeing The hateful eight and I’m sure I’ll love it.

  12. Beat Me Up says:

    It’s cool of QT to hand over the proceeds to LACMA (if that is in fact the case), but his script is weak (nigger here, nigger there, nigger in your underwear…) It’s Django B-Track. Diango was a good story, but this story is an annoyance. What is the story? A bunch of unsavory characters go to a saloon in a snow storm (ohhh, the originality is awe inspiring); and figure out their past connection… who cares when they’re all unlikable. It’s telling too (and QT should take note), the biggest laugh of the night was for some bs exposition to do with a cum shot/crotch joke. The script is humorless… I wish he’d move on, but he seems to be enjoying the experience, and it’s his life; but this script will not be receiving any Oscar nods (they do re-treds.)

  13. tim says:

    Tarintino movies…ugh!

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