Quentin Tarantino reveals second draft for The Hateful Eight is being written
Story by Jack Foley
QUENTIN Tarantino is working on a second draft for his new Western The Hateful Eight despite having once declared that it would never see the light of day.
The writer-director revealed the news during a staged reading of the original draft in LA, during which a star-studded cast, led by Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth and also including Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, James Parks, Michael Madsen, James Remar and Bruce Dern, performed the play in its three-hour plus entirety to a standing room only crowd.
Speaking to the audience, he said that the film, his follow-up to Django Unchained, was divided into five parts, or chapters, and that “I am working right now on a second draft… This is the first draft”.
He added that Chapter 5 (which he titled Black Night, White Hell) would be removed or rewritten altogether.
In existing form, the final chapter involves the death of all the film’s main characters. Tarantino did not state whether this would change.
The film itself appears to feature a mix of classic Western elements and whodunnit style leanings, and has an African-American Civil War veteran (Jackson) and a Civil War general whose son appears to have been killed by Jackson as its main protagonists.
It is set somewhere between eight and 12 years after the Civil War.
According to a semi review published by The Hollywood Reporter, the script contains many trademark Tarantino elements, including knowing humour, ultra violence and bad language. The director himself appears now to be winking at his audience, as well as his critics, by acknowledging how much use of the N-word was included.
He did not, however, reveal when shooting would begin on The Hateful Eight or comment upon the ongoing legal dispute with Gawker for disseminating the original script online – a move that initially drew such an angry response from Tarantino and the threat of scrapping the film completely.