In late 2013, Quentin Tarantino revealed on the Tonight Show that he enjoyed making Django Unchained so much that his next film would also be a western. Then things got weird.Shortly after the interview, the screenplay was leaked on the internet (Tarantino had some thoughts on who was responsible,) understandably infuriating Quentin. To make matters worse, Gawker.com released the link to his screenplay on their site, Setting Tarantino off and filing legal action.
“Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time they went too far,” the suit reads. “Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally. Their headline boasts ‘Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script’ – ‘Here,’ not someplace else, but ‘Here’ on the Gawker website.”Tarantino then went on to say during an interview with Deadline.com:
“I’m very, very depressed,” the director said. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”
Tarantino then decided to scrap it as a movie and publish it as a book:
“I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now,” he says. “I give it out to six people and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got ten more where that came from.”
But he left himself a little wiggle room:
“I could totally change my mind; I own the fucking thing. But I can tell you, it’s not going to be the next thing I do. It’s my baby, and if the muse calls me later to do it, we’ll do it. I was thinking about the idea of maybe publishing it before I made it, but now that deal happens for sure, and I’m not doing it next.”
There’s a lot of theories floating out there that this “leak” was in fact perpetuated by Tarantino himself to drum up interest in the project, but I don’t buy it. Quentin has always been very passionate and a bit of a hot head and I don’t doubt that he meant what he said at the time. Luckily he has decided to move on with the project.
So I haven’t read the leak…
Set some years after the Civil War, Bounty Hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth and a captured fugitive named Daisy Domergue are headed to Red Rock, Ruth to collect a bounty, Daisy to be hung by the neck till dead. The trip becomes treacherous as a major snow storm is brewing. At a junction in the road, the pair encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a former union soldier turned bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. As the storm worsens the group seeks refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, and Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, ranch hand Joe Gage, and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. With the Blizzard reaching its peak, tensions raise and the travelers learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
Why you need to see it
Tarantino and Kevin Smith are the two greatest working directors when it comes to dialogue, so a project that puts 8 ornery characters in an isolated shack is bound to generate some amazing sequences. Add to that the fact that everyone is packing six shooters, and you’ve got a wild west Reservoir Dogs.
The talented cast features Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Walter Goggins and the amazing Bruce Dern. All have shined in Tarantino’s previous work, and under his watchful eye their performances will be beyond a doubt stellar.
The Hateful Eight has a lot going for it, check out the trailer and let us know your thoughts!