Quentin Tarantino’s new Western, The Hateful Eight, has had a rocky start. Tarantino had a rough time with the script earlier this year when the finished version leaked on-line, and naturally Tarantino was extremely upset, and said he would NOT be making the film as his follow up to Django Unchained, and would look to make something else. However, a short while ago a ‘live reading’ of the script took place, with Tarantino reading his script to a live audience along with actors Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell.
As expected, the reaction was strong, and while at Cannes to screen the twentieth anniversary of his classic film, Pulp Fiction, Tarantino was said to be in high spirits about The Hateful Eight. He told fans that he was close to finishing a second draft of the script, and that he would also be working on a third draft (possibly based on the reaction to the live reading).
Tarantino has now confirmed that production on his latest film will begin in early 2015, and those expected to be part of the cast at this moment in time include: Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell.
The Hateful Eight is a confined pressure cooker of a story, set during a Wyoming snowstorm a few years after the civil war. It takes place in only two locations: a stagecoach and a small haberdashery in which the characters take refuge from the storm. There, tensions boil over into conflict and violence as characters confront one another in a script that sounds particularly dialogue-heavy, even for the verbose Tarantino.
The first poster for the film has now been released, and it promises two things: firstly the film will be released (sometime) in 2015, and it will be filmed in Cinemascope, something Tarantino has been promising since the film was first talked about. So basically, you will need to watch The Hateful Eight on the biggest, widest screen you can find!
The poster itself is simple, yet striking and actually quite powerful. The awesome black horses pulling a black cart with a black cowboy onboard are extremely effective, and the blood trailing behind hints at yet another very violent Tarantino classic. The imagery works wonders on the snow-white background. Check out the poster below.
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.