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We were very excited for “The Hateful Eight”, Tarantino’s next Western movie after 2012’s “Django Unchained”. Unfortunately the script was leaked and the project was canned, the helmer said:

“I hadn’t given it to Christoph, I haven’t given it to Sam Jackson. I gave it to three mother fu#king actors. We met in a place, and I put it in their hands. Reggie Hudlin’s agent never had a copy. It’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names.”

In the meantime, Tarantino is waging war against Gawker Media for “promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally”. Gawker says Tarantino used the story as a “shrewd publicity strategy” that turned “The Hateful Eight” leak into a news frenzy. The website is seeking dismissal of  Tarantino’s lawsuit filed against the Gawker Media Group, Inc. in California. The defendant argues the court does not have jurisdiction over the script because it’s based in the Cayman Islands.

Also see: Hateful Eight Update: Quentin Tarantino’s Lawsuit Against Gawker Dismissed

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

After all the drama it seems we might still have the privilege of enjoying the unreleased version with parts of the script being revised. The critically acclaimed writer/director hosted a star-studded reading of his “Hateful Eight” script at a hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday night, April 19. Samuel L. Jackson took on the role of Major Marquis Warren, Bruce Dern as Confederate General Smithers, Kurt Russell as a bounty hunter named John Ruth and Amber Tamblyn as his prisoner Daisy Domergue.

Image courtesy of Variety.com. Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” pictured clockwise from top: Kurt Russell, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, James Parks, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn and Denis Menochet.

Image courtesy of Variety.com. Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” pictured clockwise from top: Kurt Russell, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, James Parks, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn and Denis Menochet.

Tarantino told the audience of 1,200 people:

“I’m working on a second draft and I will do a third draft but we’re reading from the first draft.”

The helmer also revealed that many script reworks are expected, especially in its last part, or what he referred to as the fifth chapter.

He said:

“The chapter five here will not be the chapter five later so this will be the only time it is seen, ever,”

Source: variety.com