Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker who is known for making particular kinds of films, with adrenaline and testosterone always on full display, even when females are inciting the massive amounts of action. Another trait his movies share is a title with two words in it, assuming you count Kill Bill as one entire feature. If sources of sources of sources are indeed correct, Tarantino may buck this trend with his next film, the western that is now reportedly going under the name The Hateful Eight. Sure, all he would need to do is drop the article to make it a two-word title, but its current iteration would lend itself to some potentially awesome rhyme-time taglines.
"The Hateful Eight Will Set Shit Straight," and possibly as early as this summer, which THR’s sources say is when the director wants to begin production, though that’s in the same unconfirmed state as the title. (Thankfully, THR sources are more reputable than many of the characters in Tarantino’s films.)
It was only a couple of months ago when he revealed his follow up to Django Unchained would be another western, though no particular plotline was mentioned. The name The Hateful Eight implies a narrative familiar to his films: a group of morally unkempt people get together to enact revenge on someone or something.
There are immediate comparisons to be made about one of the most classic westerns ever made, which also happened to be numerically titled: John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven, which was itself adapted from Akira Kurosawa’s near-perfect Seven Samurai. And those are exactly the movies that one would expect Tarantino to use as inspiration. Having taken on a different approach to the western with Django, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him to focus a film on a band of outlaws, or rugged lawmen, or whatever the "Eight" in question end up being. However it happens, I really hope he gets Val Kilmer involved to reprise his Doc Holliday role from Tombstone, having somehow survived everything while also gaining weight.
While no casting rumors have surfaced, one of the roles in the film was written for the amazing Christoph Waltz., who made a huge name for himself in Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino is reportedly reteaming with Django’s casting director Victoria Thomas for this film. I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Samuel L. Jackson made his way into this film at some point.
Below you can watch the polarizing director make his announcement to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Let us know in the comments what you guys think about the film, or "Rate The Hateful Eight" as it were.
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