Quentin Tarantino to Direct Live Read of His Postponed 'Hateful Eight'

April 3, 2014
Source: Film Independent

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If you were bummed when writer/director Quentin Tarantino decided to delay his developing western The Hateful Eight after his script leaked, we have some good news (at least if you live in the Los Angeles area or have the means to get over there). Film Independent has announced that Tarantino will cast and direct a live reading of his original screenplay for one night only at LACMA on April 24th. With that comes some info saying script follows 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 includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner. Damn whoever leaked this script and delayed audiences from seeing the film version of this script. During the live read, Tarantino will read stage directions and direct a group of actors he selects himself. We're anxious to see who Tarantino lines up for the live read, and we're wondering if it would be the same cast that the filmmaker would have assembled in front of the camera as well. Sadly, this event won't be live-streamed, and you can be sure LACMA will stop anyone from recording. But if you'll be in the Los Angeles area and you want to go, ticket details are right here.

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Well, I read this script and all I can say is if you are a Tarantino fan you'll more than likely like it. If not, which I confess I'm not, you won't like it. I thought it was kinda funny is some spots and he has his character's saying some pretty crazy things that made me laugh. There's a lot of nigger this and nigger that thru the whole script, with the black character never taking offense and accepting it as just the way things are. I don't know. It seems kind of silly Tarantino keeps mentioning the 70mm aspect all thru the script when only very, very little of it is shot exterior. More than 80% is interior; either in the stage coach or inside the stop-over way station so the 70mm is pretty moot. Still, I love films shot on film and just watched Lawrence Of Arabia last night again. Beautifully shot film with much, much on it's mind about politics, human behavior, war and what it does to men, etc. Tarantino's film is more like a play, but there really is nothing on its mind. It's not about anything, really. Just all story. It reminds me of the great Paul Newman film, Hombre, which took place on a stage coach and around a way-station/mining building. Hombre is much better than this script. Hombre was such a character study, an incisive look at racism, bigotry, rich entitlement. All the characters on that stage were a microism of culture and society. It's truly a great movie. Check it out if you've never seen it. Especially if you like Westerns! I hope Tarantino makes this film and I hope he shoots it 70mm. I like Westerns and I thought Django Unchained was pretty funny from beginning to end. That was a surprise. I'm out...pardon the rant to those of you all who tire

Bo on Apr 3, 2014


That'll be pretty awkward to hear him use the N-word so much...

DAVIDPD on Apr 3, 2014


I don't quite agree that it's not "about" anything, as the Civil War plays a major thematic role in the script, even though I would agree that there isn't really a "message" in the end. But then again, Tarantino was never really about that sort of thing, and I can appreciate that when the story's good. Edit: Oh, and good call on 'Hombre'. Definitely one of the better Elmore Leonard adaptations.

Terry Craig on Apr 3, 2014


Glad you are aware and like Hombre. As far as the Civil War in Hateful me it's just part of the story...the vehicle...and the vehicle is empty!...And Django Unchained was very much about slavery and the horrors of that whole southern trip at that time so the story/vehicle was a bit fuller than this new one. Still, like I said, if ya like Tarantino I doubt you'll have any problems with this newest script. If ya don' about Richard Boone in Hombre? Excellent villian if there ever was one.

Bo on Apr 4, 2014


Having read the script it seems like Tarantino took most of his inspiration from Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence. That being said, it is a clever psychological suspense Western with some gripping moments, and it all does feel like a script adapted from theater. Depending on your tastes, this isn't a bad thing at all and gives it a thrilling claustrophobic atmosphere, and, of course, this makes the decision to do a live reading of the script definitely plausible. I really liked the script, especially since it's QT going back to a smaller scale, like Reservoir Dogs, and the only criticism I have about it is its "Killer Joe" type of ending (which is actually based on a play, incidentally), though it's less of a cliffhanger. But it was a first draft and maybe QT will still change that up, either before this live read, or before possibly shooting the film.

Terry Craig on Apr 3, 2014

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