When the first draft of Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, The Hateful Eight, leaked online, Tarantino went ballistic. He filed a lawsuit against Gawker for hosting the script, and he vowed never to make the movie—because, he said, he had been betrayed by the small circle of people who possessed the draft.
Thankfully he told a different story last night at a live script reading of the film, telling an L.A. audience that he’s working on a second draft and ultimately hopes to shoot the Western.
Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madson, Kurt Russell and Amber Tamblyn are all set to play roles. Here’s what we know about it so far, via Deadline’s account of the live read:
Filled with the sometimes laconic, sometimes sardonic and often violently profane language we’ve come to expect from Tarantino’s screenplays, the sharp Hateful Eight script tells the tale of a small group of stagecoach passengers stranded during an Equality State blizzard in the later part of the 19th century. In this case, the group includes a couple of grizzled bounty hunters, a Confederate general, a transplanted Englishman and Frenchman, and a female prisoner among others in the secluded mountainside Minnie’s Haberdashery. With a boxcar of bullets, weaponry and betrayal in hand, tiddlywinks does not ensue, to put it mildly.
Should be fun.