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Quentin Tarantino's Next Film Gets a Title

by Ryan Lattanzio
January 11, 2014 8:29 PM
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Quentin Tarantino in "Django Unchained"
Quentin Tarantino in "Django Unchained"

Though Quentin Tarantino's next project has been on the q.t. and very hush hush, the film now has a working title, Deadline reports: "The Hateful Eight."

Back in November, Tarantino told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" that the film, like his last movie "Django Unchained," is a western. But "The Hateful Eight" won't be a sequel to "Django," which won Tarantino his second best original screenplay Oscar in 2013 nearly two decades after he picked up a statuette for "Pulp Fiction" in 1995.

"I had so much fun doing 'Django,' and I love Westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, I was like, 'Let me make another one, now that I know what I'm doing,'" Tarantino told Leno.

Tarantino has finished a draft of the screenplay, and word is that he's penned a part for stalwart collaborator Christoph Waltz, who won supporting actor Oscars for both "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained." Another name floating around is Bruce Dern. Tarantino hopes to begin shooting the film this summer.


  • Doja | January 14, 2014 9:53 AMReply

    I guess what I'm tryin to get at is what's the point of using a exact title, style, music, etc from a previous piece. It's openly and bluntly saying I'm not that creative so I started here. At least he admits it I suppose. Would you buy a painting title "Mona Lisa made over"? I could brighten up her smirk, maybe dye her hair blonde. Red lipstick, a lil blush. She definitely needs a titty lift for this generation. ... And so on. Now when alls said and done you've created more of a mockery than artistic homage. It might be good for a laugh but never an everlasting epic and more of a devious device if the original goes forgotten by a new generation and all the admiration is heaped upon the new artist. Further more, I don't understand spending 100 million dollars (django) to mimic a spaghetti western which were filmed at bare budget prices in Italy to save cash. I think in this process Tarantino has lost much of his best qualities, and that's making independent films. Maybe I just don't understand his reverse engineering. Why spend all the money to make a big budget flick and then throw in corny old stuff from an era long past. You can make those intentional mistakes without the 100mill price tag. Once there's intent it's not funny or artistic, it's just stupid.

  • Mr. Middle-Ground | January 13, 2014 5:02 AMReply

    I'd also like to apologize for all my spelling's only 5 am where I am and I have not had an ounce of sleep yet. My apologies to any "grammar nazi's."

  • Doja | January 13, 2014 1:33 AMReply

    Now it wouldn't be a remake if he called it Star Wars and it was in space, they had light sabers, jedis, the whole shebang even previously used names. But the story's a little different. ... You see where I'm goin with this? The only difference is you know Star Wars and you didnt know django or inglorious. The brand wasn't previously echted in your simple minds. Give credit where credits due! Quentin and his devote indie following need to admit to themselves the truth of the matter. It's like being a fan of rock music but never listening to the blues that created rock. Liking metallic but not the classical where they "barrowed" (we'll say for now) tons of rifs. As media gets more and more abundant we must remember the HD, blue ray, THX, 3D and all the evolving technologies are the only things new not the ideas. The era of creaters has past and we hardly wait for one generation to forgot the orginal before we remake.

  • Mr. Middle-Ground | January 13, 2014 4:59 AM

    Well i am a VERY big Tarantino fan and self-proclaimed movie buff but i can agree with Doja TO AN EXTENT. There are many similarities with Taratino stories and COUNTLESS other movies that have been made in the past...that being said even if you DO consider that a remake his movies are NOT remakes of their namesakes...the original django had NOTHING to do with any similarities of Django Unchained, and Inglorious Basterds had nothing to do with its namesake as well. Now my main argument for the "original screenplay" debate (and i call it a debate because BOTH sides are correct and incorrect) is that Taratino's screenplays are known for the unmistakable dialogue that Tarantino creates... every single movie out there now and, sadly, forevermore will almost inevitably be unoriginal because in this day of the cinematic age "nothing under the sun is new"...all that is new is the charters and dialogue, therefore i DO believe that Taratino's should be considered "original" because, while the stroy may be old, the way it's told is new.

  • Ken | January 12, 2014 6:24 PMReply

    Everything Tarantino has done is original, he's never made a remake. Django and Inglorious Basterds share names with previous films, but aren't remakes of them. Get your facts straight before you say it's forgery, cause you have no clue as to what it is you are talking about.

  • Brian | January 13, 2014 11:01 AM

    @Doja: I find it hard to believe that anyone can go back and watch the "original" INGLORIOUS BASTARDS (1978), a cheaply made, terribly contrived rip-off of THE DIRTY DOZEN, and suggest that it's "better" than Tarantino's film, let alone claiming that Tarantino's original screen story about a plot in France to wipe out Hitler has anything to do with Enzo Castellari's film, which was about some kind of behind-the-lines commando mission (blowing up a bridge or something). You're just looking for an excuse to bash Tarantino. Now, Tarantino has said enough stupid things in interviews (trashing John Ford, for one) and made at least one bad movie (DEATH PROOF) to deserve bashing now and then. But it's a ludicrous argument to say his films are remakes. And I speak as someone older than Tarantino who regularly attended grindhouse theaters back in the day to see the same films that inspired Tarantino.

  • Doja | January 13, 2014 12:53 AM

    Ok, buddy. To use the same title, era, detail and style is to remake. Look it up. Typically people hide the fact that they did this by not using the same name as the previous unless they're trying to build hype off former good fortune (sales), which usually entails buying costly rights. Django and inglorious don't have modern hype because they were old cult flicks. Both of which had success originally and were made in an era were popular movie titles were pirated to try and steal the glory of it predecessor. Quentin says neither are remakes but what else can they be considering the circumstance? I watched this movie then was inspired to make my own version? Tarantino is a great composer of previously seen and heard art. He makes movies outta other movies and well. Kill bill was his homage to Kung fu flicks of old, django spaghetti westerns, and so on. Copier not creater. I just wish people would watch the originals. You may find the far better cinema there than you ever expected. I know i did. And I thank him for leading me to these works that are the art he's mimicking. Hateful 8 - magnificent 7 at least he's parodying the ideas instead of just taking the titles straight face value this go around.

  • Doja | January 12, 2014 4:15 PMReply

    I don't understand how someone could win an award for best "orginal" screen play for a remake. Look it up. Tranitinos a decent replication artist but those of us that look deeper know he mimics not creates. His last hit before django, "inglorious bastards" was one of many remakes of that title as we'll. It's a mockery when an award is give for playful forgery.

  • Ken | January 12, 2014 6:24 PM

    Everything Tarantino has done is original, he's never made a remake. Django and Inglorious Basterds share names with previous films, but aren't remakes of them. Get your facts straight before you say it's forgery, cause you have no clue as to what it is you are talking about.

  • Another Western | January 11, 2014 10:20 PMReply

    The magnificent seven - the hateful eight. I wonder what the films going to be about.

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