Last year it was announced that the script for Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, a Western called “The Hateful Eight” had been leaked online. This prompted the director to come forward with news that he was abandoning the script out of frustration due to the leak. However, after a public readthrough on May 1 with the then rumored cast at the historic Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles, rumors began to swirl that Tarantino was hard at work on rewrites to the script in order to release the film again. These rumors were later confirmed by the director himself.
“The Hateful Eight” will see several Tarantino alumni rejoin the writer/director for filming. Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill”), Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained”) and Tim Roth (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction”) are attached to the script. Kurt Russell (“Death Proof”) and Bruce Dern (“Django Unchained”) will also set up with the auteur again. However, this film is not just filled with Tarantino regulars, as Channing Tatum (“21 Jump Street,” “Magic Mike”) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Road to Perdition”) will also join the main cast, which will be rounded out by Walter Goggins (“Justified”) and Demian Bichir (“The Heat,” “Che”).
Along with the announcement of the cast, a short plot summary was also released:
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
With these announcements out of the way, up next is the beginning of the production of the film itself. As of now, Tarantino hopes to have the film released in theaters in late 2015.