It’s Sunday and the final day of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, typically the quietest day of the convention. After a crazy weekend of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Godzilla 2, Skull Island, Mad Max: Fury Road, Crimson Peak, a ton of TV, and comic news, we’ve got one last big film announcement. As reported by Deadline from the Dynamite Comic’s panel, while promoting the Django Unchained/Zorro crossover comic, Quentin Tarantino confirmed that he is officially moving forward with his new western The Hateful Eight.
With hopes to begin shooting in early 2015, The Hateful Eight had a rough start after Tarantino gave the first draft of the script to a small group of actors and it was leaked online soon after. The director threw a very public hissy fit and threatened to never make the film. He had the cast perform a live reading of the script and donate the proceeds to Film Independent.
It’s great to hear that Tarantino has moved passed the leak and is making his new film. The Hateful Eight would be Tarantino’s second full-fledged western after the highly successful Django Unchained in 2012, but several of his past films, especially Kill Bill, have incorporated many western elements. Not much is known about the film’s plot (unless you, for some reason, read that leaked script), but the IMDb page currently describes it as follows: “In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception”. The film’s proposed cast currently includes Kurt Russell (who actually dropped out of Django Unchained), Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Amber Tamblyn, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Michael Madsen, and Zoë Bell.