For a movie that, for now, isn't getting made, "The Hateful Eight" sure has a lot written about it. But then again, few unmade projects can boast the name of Quentin Tarantino alongside the kind of fiery cancellation this one did, with the writer/director yanking the cord after the script leaked. But has he had a change of heart?
According to Jeff Sneider at The Wrap, his ear to the ground has heard that Quentin Tarantino will make the movie anyway and has even reached out to Samuel L. Jackson, presumably for a role. Here's what Sneider revealed on Twitter today (noting that he was unable to officially report it):
RUMOR: THE HATEFUL EIGHT is back on, as sources tell ME that Quentin has reached out to Sam Jackson in the wk since he called off the movie.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 1, 2014
A representative for Samuel L. Jackson did not respond to MULTIPLE requests for comment over the last 4 days. Same goes for QT's reps at WME— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 1, 2014
I am not allowed to officially report this, so I have decided to share it as a rumor w/ my loyal fans on Twitter. Stay tuned! #HatefulEight— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 1, 2014
I'm told that the initial betrayal came as a shock, but QT has calmed down & is having second thoughts about moving on. Will rewrite script.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 1, 2014
So, what does this mean? Well, it's a rumor. So as always, take it with a grain of salt. That said, we called the script "one of Tarantino’s most entertaining reads in a long time," and perhaps as the initial anger has subsided, he's realized the same and isn't ready to put this on the shelf. Moreover, the script that leaked was a first draft, and undoubtedly was going to have to go through rewrites anyway, particularly as the ending in its current form is "somewhat anti-climactic." As for Samuel L. Jackson's being mentioned? There is a part for an African American bounty hunter that seems tailor made for him—so again, it would make sense.
Anyway, we'll see if this rumor amounts to anything, but until then, be sure to check out all you need to know by reading: Black Night, White Hell: A Look At Quentin Tarantino’s 'The Hateful Eight' Western