WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS (of a movie you may never see).
(Photo: from Quentin Tarantino script/ Splash News)
It's too bad that Quentin Tarantino has scrapped his plans for making "The Hateful Eight" his next movie, 'cause it sure would've been a hell of a flick.
Tarantino's new script started generating buzz a couple of weeks ago as word got out that it's a western and the writer-director was said to be interested in casting Bruce Dern and current muse Christoph Waltz as two of the characters. A western seemed the next logical chapter in Tarantino's 'Cinema of Cool' following his 'Southern,' "Django Unchained" (2012), in which Waltz starred and Dern had a memorable extreme close-up cameo.
Imagine "Reservoir Dogs" as a Western and you're about a third of the way there. "The Hateful Eight" takes place almost entirely in one location, a run-down stagecoach stop somewhere in the Wyoming mountains, where a variety of seedy characters — gang members, bounty hunters, Civil War veterans and at least one super-notorious criminal (and she's female, at that) — converge for a day and night of tension, suspicion and, of course, extreme violence whilst a blizzard rages outside.
We know this because we've read the script. But unfortunately, Tarantino has apparently abandoned "The Hateful Eight" after the script leaked.
"I'm very, very depressed,” Tarantino told Deadline on Tuesday. "I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out today."
"I'm not making this next," he continued. "I'm going to publish it, and that's it for now. I give it out to six people, and if I can't trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I'll publish it. I'm done. I'll move on to the next thing. I've got 10 more where that came from."
Well, you know Quentin Tarantino... he says a lot of things, and not all of them end up being a part of our reality. He may still make "The Hateful Eight" his next film after he's had a chance to calm down. And it was only the first draft, after all — a lot (a lot) can change from the first to the final production draft.
Although you may never see "The Hateful Eight," here are some choice Tarantino-ish moments from the script that you can apply your imagination to.
1. Shot in 70mm
That's right, Quentin wasn't going to shoot "The Hateful Eight" on high-def digital. He was going to shoot this on film, and not only that — 70mm film, the kind of large-scale format that had all but been abandoned until Paul Thomas Anderson gave it a whirl on "The Master" (2012).
And Tarantino was pretty excited about the prospect, if the descriptions in the script were any indication. The very first page has the following descriptions:
- A breathtaking 70MM filmed (as is the whole movie) snow covered mountain range
- This big 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE FRAME
- big super CINEMASCOPE 70MM filmed gloriousness
2. Outdoors = Outhouse
No one can do a throwaway character moment like Tarantino. One of our favorite such moments in "The Hateful Eight" has bounty hunter John Ruth dragging his prisoner, Daisy Domergue, to the entrance of the stagecoach shack known as Minnie's Haberdashery — only to have her suddenly stop, squat and relieve herself in the snow.
"You'd let a horse pee, wouldn't ya?" she asks.
You really would expect no less from a lady who just a few pages earlier had spit on a letter from Abraham Lincoln.
3. 'That Door's a Son of a Gun'
When you go to Minnie's Haberdashery, you have to kick in the door, because it's nailed from the inside ... due to the fact that there's no lock. When you enter, you have to nail it shut again behind you — and use two boards, not one.
This is, of course, a running joke throughout the film and, in true Tarantino fashion, the reason why there's no lock is explained via flashback during the film's third act.
4. Red Apple Tobacco
Yes, Quentin's particular brand of cigarettes exists even in the Wild West. Red Apple is the tobacco of choice for Minnie herself, a character trait that black bounty hunter and former Union officer Major Marquis Warren uses to tests the knowledge of the suspicious Frenchman known as "Bob."
5. What a Freezing Man Will Do For a Blanket
We're not going to go into too much detail with this one, but suffice to say that the aforementioned Major Warren really gets the goat of old Confederate General Sanford Smithers by revealing the ultimate fate of the General's long-lost son... which involved Warren forcing the young soldier to go naked in the freezing cold and later 'servicing' him in exchange for a blanket.
If that doesn't make a father — and a racist one, at that — reach for his pistol, nothing will.
6. Let Him Burn
Yes, General Smithers does attempt to shoot Major Warren upon him telling his lewd tale, though the younger officer is quicker and plants a bullet right in the old Confederate's chest. He doesn't just hit the floor, though — he falls into the fireplace, with Warren telling the other denizens of Minnie's to just "Let him burn."
Quentin's never been one to shy away from an over-the-top death scene, you know.
7. The Bitterest Poison
General Smithers burning to death is just the beginning of things getting really violent and gruesome at Minnie's. Soon thereafter it's revealed that the pot of Minnie's famous 'coffy' has been poisoned, which causes those that drank it to vomit blood all over the place and drop dead. This dastardly deed results in the deaths of two of the characters: O.B., the stagecoach driver, and bounty hunter John Ruth.
8. Shoot 'Em Up
What was that we mentioned earlier about "The Hateful Eight" bearing more than a passing resemblance to "Reservoir Dogs"? Like Tarantino's very first feature, "Eight" ends with pretty much every surviving character up until that point blowing the holy hell out of each other in an epic, bloody ballet of rapid-fire gunplay.
Which, you realize after reading it, is really the only way "The Hateful Eight" could've ended.
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