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