After all the drama associated with The Hateful Eight, it appears that the planned western will indeed be Tarantino’s next picture. The drama began when Tarantino’s screenplay was leaked to a certain website, which led to court hearings. Speaking a few days at Cannes, Tarantino stated, “I have calmed down, a bit. The knife-in-the-back wound is starting to scab.” He also said, “I’m still in the process of writing it, finishing the second draft, and then I intend to do a third draft. Maybe I’ll shoot it, maybe I’ll publish it…”
Well, according to Biz 411, it looks like he’ll be shooting The Hateful Eight this November. Their sources have stated that filming will take place in Wyoming, with an impressive cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walt Goggins, and Zoe Bell. The report states that Christoph Waltz, who earned two Oscars working on Tarantino films (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained), will not be part of the cast.
According to Collider, “The Hateful Eight takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming and tells the story of a small group of stagecoach passengers who are stranded during a blizzard. A large chunk of the film takes place in a bar, and the characters include a couple of bounty hunters (Jackson and Russell), a Confederate general (Dern), a cowboy (Madsen), a transplanted Englishman (Roth), a soldier (Goggins), and a female prisoner (Tamblyn).”
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this story is 100 percent accurate and that things don’t change from here till November.
Here’s Film Independent’s promo video for the live-reading of The Hateful Eight, which took place with Tarantino and many of his cast members: