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After the script for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western, Hateful Eight was leaked earlier this year, the director said the betrayal was enough for him to cancel the production. Tarantino gave the script to several close friends and actors whom he had written parts for, when one of their agents leaked the full script online. The script leak was quite a blow to Tarantino who lashed out, saying, “I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
After Tarantino had time to cool off, it seemed like the production may actually happen. The director staged a script reading (along with a new ending) in April with actors, Kurt Russell, Sam Jackson, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, James Parks and Michael Madsen. Later, Kurt Russell said that he would begin filming Hateful Eight with Tarantino beginning in early 2015. Audience members present at the script reading in April have described the film as an “Agatha Christie-style whodunit” involving murder, intrigue and the director’s signature black humor. Tarantino’s know affection for the Western genre brings an air of excitement to the picture, as it will be his first “true” film of the genre. His last two films, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained were certainly heavily-influenced by Westerns, but seeing Tarantino’s take on a top-to-bottom Western is a compelling prospect.
All of this hype was mere speculation until Tarantino confirmed the news at his SDCC panel on Sunday. The director announced that he will begin filming Hateful Eight in early 2015, which means that we could possibly see a release date later that year. Tarantino also relayed his desire to make an Earth-bound Sci-Fi film, as well as interest in developing his own spin on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Weather either of those will actually come to fruition, is still a long way away, but both still provide Tarantino-die-hards with enough fodder to speculate and dream until the productions become a reality.