What else do we know about The Hateful Eight? A lot, actually, thanks to all of the details that emerged as Quentin Tarantino tried to sue the Web site Gawker for pointing readers to a leaked copy of the screenplay.
Just when you had given up hope that you'd see the long teased Whole Bloody Affair cut of Kill Bill, in comes Quentin Tarantino to give us hope that we will get to see that promised land in the near future. At least, that's what he wants us to think, after all we've heard these words from him before.
Tarantino has forgiven fans for their voracious nature, and The Hateful Eight is poised to ride after all! And production could start early 2015, so says one of its slated stars Kurt Russell.
Writer/director Quentin Tarantino stirred up quite a bit of drama earlier this year when he announced that his planned next film, the western The Hateful Eight, was being shelved due a script leak to what he referred to as a "personal betrayal." There were lawsuits, discussions of publishing the screenplay as a book, and the filmmaker even held an exclusive live-reading with an all-star cast.
Django Unchained writer-director Quentin Tarantino has long been an outspoken fan of Spaghetti Western auteur Sergio Leone, and now he's been given one of cinema's grandest stages to sing the master filmmakers praises.
Quentin Tarantino, at most, was trying to make a point with this lawsuit: That Gawker had established a potentially dangerous precedent where Web sites could report on the existence of leaked, copyrighted material. They aren’t “sharing” it directly, but by pointing out the existence of said materials, they are helping spread content that Tarantino argues should be protected.
It's difficult to speculate if Quentin Tarantino will actually ever make his western movie Hateful Eight. Three months ago the filmmaker said that he was cancelling his plans to make the script his next directorial effort and said that he would be publishing the screenplay as a book... but he also added that there was a possibility he could return to the project some time in the future.
There is a very good chance that we will never get to see Quentin Tarantino's vision for his script The Hateful Eight play out on the big screen, but in just a few weeks one audience will exclusively be able to see the story performed in a theater. The Los Angeles-based organization Film Independent is putting together a world-premiere reading of Tarantino's scrapped western screenplay that promises to be a "special, once-in-a-lifetime event."
Basically, Tarantino’s lawyers are arguing the news cycle on the Hateful Eight agency leak had already run its course. So, in an effort to generate more coverage, Gawker allegedly went out of its way to uncover a place where the script could be downloaded, that wasn’t publicly known, and pointed people toward it.
We should probably add a new section to this website called Lawsuit Blend, considering how many legal fiascos involving Hollywood figures are always popping up. This week has already seen a few of them, but the one that has our ear constantly perked is the battle between Quentin Tarantino and Gawker.
What would Tyrese Gibson been able to do with Tarantino’s coaching? We can only speculate. That’s part of the problem – and the fun – of these dream-casting sessions. “What if?” we ask ourselves, knowing full well that it can never happen.
The post quickly collapses into a battle of he-said/she-said, with Gawker trying to get off on a technicality, because the site claims it didn’t physically put Tarantino’s screenplay online, but merely linked to the existing copy and let everyone else know where to find it.
Tarantino’s screenplay was a work in progress, though it now has become a work we never will see because the writer/director appears so wounded by the betrayal. Some additional sites, circling like vultures, published scathing “reviews” of the unpublished screenplay – even though Tarantino hadn’t finished working on it.
When the news broke earlier this week that Quentin Tarantino was shelving his script called The Hateful Eight, I was of two minds. Now that some details about the script have leaked out, however, I find myself really, really wishing that Tarantino will change his mind.
By now, you’ve probably heard the Quentin Tarantino news, but just in case you haven’t, let me give you the cliff notes version in a few sentences. He wrote a movie called The Hateful Eight. The citizens of the world collectively agreed it sounded awesome. He turned over the script to 6 people he trusted.