Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' Shoots Next Year, Quoth Kurt Russell

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 07:40 Written by  iamrogue
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Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' Shoots Next Year, Quoth Kurt Russell

It's already been almost two years since Quentin Tarantino's last movie, Django Unchained.

For a while there, it appeared we'd never see his follow-up Western, but according to no less a source than Kurt Russell, Tarantino might just be shooting The Hateful Eight early next year.

If we can't trust Kurt Russell, who can we trust?

Backing up.  When an early draft of his Hateful Eight script leaked amongst agency folks after the writer-director shared it with a small handful of actors, Tarantino got madder than he'd been since dealing with the infernal screeching of Alan Ball's exotic bird menagerie. 

He got so mad, in fact, that he declared the 70mm Western kaput in January, saying, “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."

Then, in April, he held a LACMA live-reading of the script with an all-star cast, saying he was working on a third draft.  That led pretty directly to rumors that Tarantino would kick off production on The Hateful Eight this November in Wyoming.

Well it may not be shooting this fall, but the movie sounds like its happening imminently.  In an interview with My Fox Philly promoting The Battered Bastards of Baseball, the one and only Kurt Russell excitedly said, “I’ve got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year."

Russell, of course, played the nefarious/secretly pitiful Stuntman Mike in Tarantino's Grindhouse movie Death Proof, and was attached to play a sadistic mandingo trainer in Django Unchained, but that didn't pan out.

Not only has Russell essentially confirmed the rumors that Hateful Eight isn't dead (albeit with an adjustment to the start date), but he has seemingly confirmed that the cast of April's live read will indeed be the cast of the movie.

Russell played John "The Hangman" Ruth, one of several volatile, potentially violent characters who end up stuck together in a haberdashery during a blizzard.  Ruth's transporting Daisy Domergue, played by Amber Tamblyn, to the gallows. 

At the staged reading, Samuel L. Jackson played bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren, Walton Goggins played Mannix, a former Confederate soldier, James Parks played stagecoach driver OB, Michael Madsen portrayed cowboy John Gage.  Then there was Tim Roth as British Oswaldo Mobray, and Denis Menochet as Frenchman Bob.  Bruce Dern, meanwhile, played Confederate General Smithers, with Zoe Bell as Six-Horse Judy, and James Remar and Dana Gourrier as Jody and Minnie.

Stay tuned for more news on Quentin Tarantino's next Western.  And check back to see if his notion of cutting Django Unchained into a four-hour miniseries goes anywhere.

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