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Kurt Russell Confirms 'The Hateful Eight' to Shoot Early Next Year

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July 14, 2014
Source: Fox 59

Kurt Russell & Quentin Tarantino

Back in May it was reported that Quentin Tarantino might be getting The Hateful Eight together in front of a camera much sooner than he lamented after his original screenplay leaked back in January. It seems the live-read at LACMA in April really got him all worked up about making the film, and the last rumor we heard was that Tarantino was rewriting the script and hoping to begin production in November with the same case from the script-reading event. However, @ChefAdamBowers called our attention to a morning interview with Kurt Russell on a Fox affiliate in Philadelphia, and confirmed the film is coming.

You can check out the full interview with a fun discussion about The Battered Bastards of Baseball over at Fox 59, but Russell only briefly mentions The Hateful Eight as one of his future projects when he said, "I've got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year." So it sounds like a fall shooting date couldn't be figured out, and Tarantino is hoping to shoot early next year. Russell would be a trusted source on that information since he's one of the leads with Samuel L. Jackson. Could he finish in time to hit theaters late in 2015?

For those just joining us, the film was revealed to follow the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group in a saloon in the middle of nowhere. The stranded group included a competing pair of bounty hunters (Jackson and Russell), a renegade Confederate soldier (Walton Goggins), and a female prisoner (Amber Tamblyn). The rest of the cast includes Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and more. You can find more details on the characters in the report from the live-read right here. Stay tuned for more information on the project as it becomes available.

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  • Jon Odishaw
    I'm sure it will still be a masterpiece but this is the least excited I've ever been for a Tarantino film
  • Brian Sleider
    SO after a hissy fit and a lot of publicity the movie is being made, shocker.
  • Astroboy3000
    YES! KURT RUSSELL NEWS! KURT RUSSELL IN A TARANTINO WESTERN! IT'S SO AWESOME I HAVE TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS!
    • grimjob
      TYPE HARDER MAN! HE HAS TO HEAR US EVENTUALLY!
  • Chris Groves
    I'm always up for another Tarantino film that isn't a favor/vanity project for Uma Thurman. Kurt Russell has the ability to be awesome, especially in a Tarantino movie. The first half of Death Proof was great...I'll not talk about the 2nd half.
    • grimjob
      He was still awesome, even when he was crying.
      • Chris Groves
        Yeah...but I felt the entire 2nd half of that 'film' was just ancillary and un-needed. I remember when word originally got out on Grindhouse, when it was going to be each of them making 'a 60 minute film' and then showing them together...then they went with the 'two full length movies for the price of one' idea. Had they showed a bit more restraint, and Tarantino restricted Death Proof to the much more solid first hour(the first group of girls) and kept it as a fun, experimental, hour long throw-back to that type of film...then it would have been much stronger for it.
        • grimjob
          Death Proof definitely has two different vibes to it, and I enjoy both, but I always saw the whole of the movie as a throwback to the road rash flicks of the 70's. Plus the character transformation of a man who is in complete control to a total coward is a hell of a ride.
          • Chris Groves
            Fair enough, I get the intent of it all...it just doesn't feel 'internally consistent' if that makes any sense. To go from being calculating and perfectly planned to random 'thrill seeking' that backfires just doesn't make much sense.
  • DAVIDPD
    NAILED IT!!! SILLY QUENTIN YOU CAN'T FOOL US!!!
  • Rockin Tupelo
    Awesome, i'm looking forward to another Kurt Russell & Tarantino film, Kurt is still ultra cool.....

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