Quentin Tarantino to Direct Live Read of His Postponed 'Hateful Eight'
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.
That'll be pretty awkward to hear him use the N-word so much...
DAVIDPD on Apr 3, 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
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
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