Wait, Did Quentin Tarantino Overreact By Cancelling Hateful Eight?

By Mack Rawden 2014-01-22 12:50:38discussion comments
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The Cons Of Moving On
Clearly, there was something that attracted him to this project in the first place. He can talk until heís blue in the face about how many other brilliant projects he can pull out of the rabbitís ass, but this is the one he sat down and decided to make. This is the one he started sending around to possible stars to read through, which means, until about a week ago, he thought it was the most promising thing he had on the table. Now itís just gone, and that sucks. Itís the equivalent of F Scott Fitzgerald just throwing away a novel in the middle of his prime, and even if he releases it as a screenplay, itís not the same thing as getting the actual movie.

Releasing it as a screenplay will (probably) force drastic re-writes later. An overwhelming majority of movie fans donít read screenplays, even when theyíre by Tarantino. A very, very vocal minority do, however, and that vocal minority will take to Facebook and say troll things like, "OMG, everyone but the old guy dies at the end. #HatefulEight", and the rest of us will never, ever forget that. One or two big spoilers will be lodged in our brain forever, and I canít imagine Tarantino will be comfortable releasing a movie into the general public in which a solid percentage of people already know how it ends. So, heíll have to sit down and do extensive work to it, and for all we know, all the moving pieces could already add up perfectly.

We may never get a chance to see Tarantino work with Bruce Dern again. We donít know a whole lot about Hateful Eight, but we do know the script was only sent to three actors: Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern. Given their ages and long-term relationships with Tarantino, I have complete confidence in the first two finding ways to work with the filmmaker again, but Dern is seventy-seven-years-old. He was clearly in line for a major role in the film given he was sent a copy of the script. Maybe heíll be able to take on that role in the future, but thereís just no way to know for sure, which is a shame considering how brilliant he was in Django.

It makes Tarantino look like an overly emotional loose cannon. The director has always been a man willing to speak his mind. He doesnít like sugar coating things and he doesnít mind giving his honest opinion, even when itís about his own movies, but what happened here was a whole Ďnother step in that direction. In fact, itís dangerously close to loose cannon territory. The script wasnít actually leaked to the general public. It got around to some agents, which would have happened anyway. By freaking out and abandoning the project, he kinda sounds like Phil Dunphy when he told the kids he would cancel Christmas if no one confessed to burning the couch on Modern Family. The most aggressive reaction isnít always the right one.
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