By Matthew McKibben | April 21, 2014
Quentin Tarantino’s script for his western movie Hateful Eight lives! A few months ago, the director had very publicized hissy fit when his rough draft for Hateful Eight leaked out via one of the hand-selected people he had let read it. Although Quentin Tarantino scripts are almost always available for download before the film rolls, they’re usually released when he’s ready for them to be released. Although I can understand why he’d be mad that someone he felt he could trust would leak his unfinished script, I felt he overreacted a bit by saying that he was going to shelve the script and instead release it as a novel.
Things have gotten interesting though because over the weekend, Tarantino gathered many of his usual suspects (Samuel Jackson, Eli Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, and others) and hosted a one-night only reading of Hateful Eight. At the event, Tarantino also revealed to the audience that he’s currently working on a new draft of the script. Does this mean that we may eventually end up seeing this in cinemas at some point? As one of his many fans, I certainly hope so.
Structured like nearly all of his scripts, Hateful Eight is divided up into 5 chapters and revolves around a bounty hunter who is transporting a prisoner to collect a reward. On the way to dropping off his prisoner, their journey is interrupted by a blizzard, forcing them to take shelter in a “haberdashery.” In the store, they encounter a general, an alleged hangman, a Frenchman, and a Cowboy. A bunch of Tarantino style stuff ensues: violence, N-word spewing and comically dark dialogue. From the sound of the reviews I’ve read of the event, Hateful Eight appears to be a lot less epic and more intimate than his previous two scripts, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, instead drawing comparisons to Reservoir Dogs. I’m always a fan of directors who have the expertise and vision to go epic but instead make smaller pictures. This sounds like one of those scripts.
Whether or not this script becomes a full-on movie or whether it’s destined to live on as a novel, or a comic, or a stage production, it’s good to know that Tarantino is still working on the script and hasn’t opted to just pick up his toys and go home.