Plot Details Emerge For Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Planned To Shoot Film In 70mm

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 23, 2014 3:52 PM
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It took just over a week for "The Hateful Eight" to go from Quentin Tarantino's next project to another addition to the growing list of his Lost, Unmade & Possible Future Films. Indeed, the director hasn't ruled out eventually making the movie, after he angrily yanked it off the table, following the script getting leaked to Hollywood insiders. And as expected, details about the screenplay for "The Hateful Eight" have already emerged, and as always, Tarantino had some big plans for the movie.

Most significantly, from page one, the script notes that the scenes will be shot in "CINEMASCOPE 70MM filmed gloriousness," a morsel which we're sure will make Tarantino fans salivate at what he had in mind. And while most know CinemaScope from its use in classic films for breathtaking vistas, don't expect the same here. In fact, the result might've been something close to what Paul Thomas Anderson did with "The Master," as most of "The Hateful Eight" is set within two locations:  a stagecoach and a haberdashery. As for the plot, here's what The Wrap decided to share after getting their hands on the script: 

The script is an ensemble Western with obvious parts for Madsen and Dern, as well as Tarantino stalwarts like Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. Jackson and Madsen would likely both play bounty hunters returning human plunder to a town called Red Rock in exchange for hefty rewards. Their characters, a former major in the Union army and a man named John Ruth, dominate the first two of the script’s five chapters.

They run into a Southerner named Chris Mannix on the road, and three of them, along with their driver — a living prisoner and three dead bounties strapped to the roof — arrive at a haberdashery to take shelter from an oncoming blizzard. Yet the proprietors, Minnie, Sweet Dave and her other colleagues, are nowhere to be found. In their place are four men, a Southern general (likely Dern), an alleged hangman, a Frenchman named Bob and a cowboy named Joe Gage.

Mistrust, coffee and violence ensue.

Essentially, it seems like your standard bounty hunter tale, though one infused with a bit of cabin fever, in a story divided into five chapters: "Last Stage to Red Rock,” “Son of A Gun,” “Minnie’s,” "The Four Passengers” and “Black Night, White Hell.” 

We're sure this news will get the conversation started, so share your thoughts below. 


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20 Comments

  • doug | January 24, 2014 3:52 PMReply

    Kevin, how would this be at all like "The Master", which took place in many, many locations? You really lost me there.

  • Hipster | January 24, 2014 2:03 AMReply

    It's a western Reservoir Dogs + Clue.

  • Enzo | January 23, 2014 10:38 PMReply

    I see the friendly competition between Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson is alive and well. Why else would he choose to film in 70 mm? ;)

  • carl | January 23, 2014 7:11 PMReply

    badassdigest? really? sounds like a site populated by fat neckbeards.

  • Umm | January 23, 2014 7:27 PM

    Ummm... if you only knew...

  • hank | January 23, 2014 6:12 PMReply

    it's really a shame if it doesn't get made. it's his most interesting script in years.

  • Donella | January 23, 2014 6:03 PMReply

    Rather than "The Magnificent Seven," its "The Hateful Eight."

    Tarantino is growing ever more tiresome with his lack of original ideas and creative imagination. Instead, its one homage after another with replicated costumes, characters, and themes.

    The true Westerners, the Coen Brothers, at least show respect for the genre and have created original stories in Western settings and not vulgar, simple-minded fanboy pastiche.

  • LoganWilkin | February 9, 2014 7:12 PM

    @DONELLA "True Grit" is based on a book. Original story?

  • m | January 24, 2014 10:20 PM

    u are so clueless

  • yer | January 23, 2014 7:02 PM

    Not just a remake, but almost a shot for shot one (with a few Coen trademark oddities here and there).

  • Sartana | January 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    @Donella "True Grit" is a remake.

  • Ade | January 23, 2014 6:01 PMReply

    Hope this still gets made.

  • Sean | January 23, 2014 5:34 PMReply

    Surprised that QT typed his first draft out since he usually writes it down with his messy printing.

  • Truth Powell | January 23, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    So it's a western take on King Hu's "Dragon Gate Inn".

  • nikkolaus | January 23, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    What the hell are you posting this for?!? You're supposedly fans and have interest in his work (which is fine) but if that were true you'd understand you're only adding to the problem at hand, where it's shit like this that will keep this project from getting made. SHAME ON YOU!!

  • skywater | January 24, 2014 3:51 AM

    Lol, stop getting your panties in a wad, princess.

  • Michael D | January 23, 2014 4:40 PMReply

    looks good

  • Jack | January 23, 2014 4:27 PMReply

    At least this way, his films will all still have two-word titles.

    Phew.

  • Ponis | January 23, 2014 5:34 PM

    woah, never noticed that!

  • Ben | January 23, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    Goddamn it.

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