After his screenplay for The Hateful Eight was leaked in January this year, writer-director Quentin Tarantino was understandably furious. “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,” he had said at the time. Well, it appears you can’t keep a good thing down. The last few months saw word come through that Tarantino was still going ahead with the picture, and those rumours can now be verified as fact.
Appearing in Room 6BCF at this year’s Comic-Con in order to promote the Django Unchained–Zorro crossover comic-book, Tarantino confirmed that The Hateful Eight would indeed be his next film. When asked by an audience member if the film was going ahead, Tarantino responded, “Yeah – We’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight.”
Here’s the synopsis for The Hateful Eight that was used during the LACMA live reading, but you can expect it to change:
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.
Tarantino also teased another bit of cool news for Kill Bill fans. There’s an extended cut of Kill Bill on the way, one that will supposedly include animated footage that was cut out of the 2003 film.
Tarantino also spoke about why he was interested in a Django Unchained–Zorro crossover comic-book. “I loved this idea, not only because I like western comics in general, but I also loved Zorro in all his iterations whether it was the Disney series or the William Witney films,” he said. “I thought it was a great idea of taking the most famous, fictional Mexican western hero and putting him together with the newer, famous black western hero.”