Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight hasn’t debuted in theaters yet — it drops in limited released this Christmas — and yet he’s got an idea or two about what his next project could be. Might one of them be a stage adaptation of this wintry Western starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh? Who knows, but the filmmaker at least thinks one would kill it.
Not too long after The Hateful Eight was announced as Tarantino’s next project, he set up and cast actors for a live reading of the script in downtown L.A. Cut to now, and the director reflected on this experience during a roundtable with fellow Oscar hopefuls David O. Russell (Joy), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs), Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant), and Ridley Scott (The Martian) for The Hollywood Reporter.
The script-reading really went a long way, as far as that’s concerned. Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, you can read almost as a piece of literature, but I still had to figure them out [before shooting]. It’s not for sure that I’m going to pull them off. There is a “finding it” in the course of making it. But with Hateful Eight, it was right there. I mean, if I had those actors and we did it in a little theater on Santa Monica Boulevard, 99 seats, it would kill, it would be terrific. I’m not saying the movie is great; I’m just saying that I like the material, so I had a confidence in it.
The Hateful Eight tells a story of bounty hunters seeking shelter during a blizzard in post-Civil War Wyoming only to get involved in a mysterious plot that may claim their lives. Walter Goggins, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Damian Bichir. Tarantino recently spoke about possibly getting around to adapting Forty Lashes Less One, so don’t hold your breath for The Hateful Eight to hit Broadway anytime soon — but you never know!