With his “knife-in-the-back wound starting to scab,” Quentin Tarantino hinted to those at Cannes earlier this year that The Hateful Eight might have life beyond his one-off stage reading. The director revealed he was still tinkering with the (almost) one-location western, saying, “[I’m] still in the process of writing, finishing it, and then I intend to do a third draft.” Today, if a star of the film is to be trusted, we can now confirm its definite future.
While speaking to to a Philly radio station (via First Showing) for his documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Kurt Russell confirmed a shoot is still in the works. “I’ve got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year,” he revealed. This is closely in line with rumors that cropped up a few months ago stating production may begin later this year, but we waited to report until we heard from someone involved.
We’re still holding out on confirmation on the rest of the cast, but those earlier rumblings indicated Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walt Goggins, and Zoe Bell will also take part. In the meantime, we’ve seen the below poster making the rounds the last few days, purported to be part of Comic-Con, but we’ve confirmed with The Weinstein Company that it’s a fake. Though, if Tarantino does kick off production in early 2015, it could indeed arrive in the same late-year window that Django Unchained did.
The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, trapping a pitiless and mistrustful group, which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.
Are you looking forward to Tarantino’s next feature?