Tarantino’s New Western Called ‘Hateful Eight’; May Start Filming This Summer

Published 7 months ago by , Updated January 12th, 2014 at 3:42 pm,

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Quentin Tarantino’s directing career contains a filmography which consists of different genres grafted onto one another – crime thrillers and character studies (Reservoir DogsPulp Fiction, Jackie Brown); samurai flicks and revenge dramas (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 – 2); a World War II revenge movie (Inglourious Basterds); a Western revenge flick (last year’s Django Unchained)… it’s pretty clear that Tarantino has a thing for the cut and dried plot of the vengeance-focused exploitation flick.

Given Tarantino’s popularity with fans – along with his run of critical and commercial success – we’re always interested in what he’s working on next. Tarantino confirmed to Jay Leno not too long ago that his next script would be another Western, and now we have more information on what will be his ninth feature film.

THR reports that Quentin Tarantino’s next Western will be called Hateful Eight, and while one source says that the film may start production this summer, another claims that no timetable has been set. There is no official cast, but evidently Tarantino will be working with casting director Victoria Thomas, the industry veteran who casted Django Unchained (and roughly 71 other titles), and a part has been written for Basterds and Django star Christophe Waltz, which would mark his third collaboration with Tarantino.

And so far, that’s all we know. There are no details about the plot, but the title echoes (and probably is a reference to) director John Sturges’ classic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 equally classic The Seven Samurai. Neither film has a direct revenge plot, and rather follow a group of hired guns/swords who help a group of villagers defend their community. Could Hateful Eight be the inverse of this story?

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The initial news of Tarantino’s follow-up to Django Unchained named something called Killer Crow, which would complete a loose trilogy of exploitation/revenge movies by following a troop of black soldiers who go AWOL on an “Apache warpath” during World War II . True to form, he seems to have shelved that idea, and told Jay Leno this about his next project back in November:

“I can’t talk that much about it, but I will say one thing. I haven’t told anybody about this publicly, but I will say the genre. It’s a Western. It’s not a Django sequel, but it’s another Western. I had so much fun doing Django and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s  like ‘OK, now let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.’”

Tarantino’s revisionist approach to the World War II action movie and now the Western genre can be divisive, but as the box office success and critical acclaim seem to prove, his genre-twisting efforts tend to strike a chord with audiences even as they keep hitting some still-raw nerves. Given Tarantino’s affinity for spaghetti Westerns, it’s safe to assume that Hateful Eight won’t be a straight Western, but rather blend in some other genre - maybe a revenge plot, even though he’s tread that ground fairly thoroughly.

What do you think of this Tarantino news? Would you like to see another Tarantino Western, or one of the other projects reportedly on his back-burner, like Kill Bill 3Killer CrowThe Vega Brothers?

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Stay tuned for further news on Hateful Eight.

Source: THR

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  1. I’m generally not a real big western fan, although there are a few like Tombstone that I did like. My favorite, however, is The War Wagon, with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. If you ever want a treat and like westerns, that is one I think many of you would enjoy.

    • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
      The Outlaw Josey Wales
      Unforgiven
      (Pretty much any Clint Eastwood movie)

      Try as he might, Tarantino will never make a western as good.

      • Once Upon A Time IN The West is missing from the top of your list.

  2. As much as I loved Django Unchained, I cannot wait to see what this is about!
    Just that title of the movie sounds good, but im curious. But in due time we will all know. Hopefully he will have an awesome cast (as always anyways) to play as the hateful eight. Oh man im so hyped for this news.

  3. This is really great, actually it’s exactly what I hoped to hear for Tarantino’s next project. Django was fine, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t let down. The first half was spectacular, but the second left me disappointed, especially with how it ended. I still hold out hope for a Vega brothers flick, maybe he’ll totally retcon their respective fates and bring them into the 21st century. Madsen and Travolta would be a force to be reckoned with, especially now.

    • I doubt the Vega brothers flick will happen, same as Kill Bill 3. I hope after this movie he makes, he gets his hands on making a horror flick. That would be something!

      • @ Rigo

        I’d love to see a Tarantino horror movie…
        I can see him writing/directing the be all end all of slasher flicks. It would be 2 hours of sheer madness. ;)

  4. Django was overlong, badly written and seriously lacking any substance for it’s subject matter. The tone and structure was terribly uneven.

    It was held up by three terrific lead performances from DiCaprio, Jackson and Waltz.

    Tarantino needs to get a grip and grow up.

    • Agreed completely. I actually thought Jackson was the best of the bunch, surprisingly, but yeah, the 3 of them made the movie worth watching.

    • I have always felt Tarantino’s poor to mediocre movies have been carried by the performances of his actors. I’m actually surprised that he gets some of the actors that he gets, but he apparently has a mystique about him…

      Why, I don’t know.

  5. Django Unchained ended in a mess, the reshoots (with Jonah Hill) were obviously inserted way after the movie had been completed, the story was way too thin for its running time. But there were some classic performances, which saved the movie. Ever since Jackie Brown I’ve been hoping for another great script, Tarantino’s been too straight forward in his stories. Seems like every movie since Kill Bill 1 ended in either an explosion or a kill. It hasn’t exactly been thought provoking stuff.

    That said, a new Tarantino is always something to look forward to. He’s one of the few indie movie directors who’s able to make movies precisely the way he intends to. Artists with this kind of freedom are very interesting to follow.

  6. I’m a huge spaghetti western fan and seeing that that age is done with, I felt there wouldn’t be anything new to that world. Until Tarantino came out with that masterpiece last X-Mas. It truly was a gift. Can’t wait to see what he does next!

    I hope he takes the harmonica score from “Once Upon a Time in the West” and does something with it in a small scene somewhere. He always creates interesting scenes using old spaghetti western scores.

  7. Tarantino’s eighth movie will be called Hateful Eight? Cool.

  8. If this movie is anything like The Magnificient Seven, the official MGM remake is going to pale in comparison. Especially if Tarantino manages to enlist A-listers to the project.

  9. If it wasn’t for the god awful Death Proof (IMO) Tarantino would have a spotless record for his full features. There’s no point in listing all of his films but after Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained Quentin has showed he’s still at the top of his game. I can understand why some would like to see him do something other than a revenge flick but for me why fix what ain’t broken?

    • WTF?!! There was no Jay-Z song in Django, it was 2Pac!

    • PS

      I love the new layout for the mobile version of the site…
      Much easier to navigate.

      • Thanks, Kevin. It’s a very raw version of a new approach.

  10. I don’t mind what he does or when it’s set I’ll be watching it on the first day of release, but please no Jay-Z song this time.. He’s always had such awesome soundtracks to his films and then he goes and puts a Jay-Z song in a western! Why Quentin, why?! I just hope he didn’t do it for a paycheck.

    • WTF?!! There was no Jay-Z song in Django, it was 2Pac!

  11. Fox Force Five in ‘Kill Bill’. Now we have the ‘Hateful Eight’. Curious

    Just be better than ‘Django: Unchained’. A more self-reverential explosion of congratulatory masturbation that movie could not be.

    • Just like every other movie Tarantino has directed in the last 10 years.

    • Bit like most of your comments then.

  12. “Hateful Eight?” Sounds intriguing, but I would agree with what others have said, in that the revenge-flick is getting a little old. But I’m hoping, Tarantino does something new with it.

    I’m just a revision note for Vieira, Preston Sturges didn’t direct “The Magnificent Seven.” It was John Sturges. Preston did “Sullivan’s travels” and “Unfaithfully Yours.”
    And looper148, Tarantino used a song by Rick Ross, not Jay-Z.

    • *Um

  13. There is also a spaghetti western called The Cut-throats Nine.

  14. Hopefully, QT will reach out to Jim Brown and Fred Williamson for cameos. I just watched “Take A Hard Ride” yesterday, and I mentioned to my son that Tarantino would’ve created some classics had he had Big Jim and The Hammer in his employ for a Western or two.

    R.I.P. Jim Kelly.

  15. QT will rock it again !

  16. I Cant believe someone wud call django unchained badly written it gained him his second oscar for best screen play eversince pulp fiction django was a dope movie but so are all of tarantino movies he will never ever ever make a rubbish movie till the day he dies,thats how goooooooooood he is!!!!!tarantino 4 life….

  17. When the hell did people start hating on Django Unchained? Me and everyone I know loved it, movie was amazing…

    Anyway, I’ve at the very least liked (Jackie Brown and Death Proof) every movie this guy has done, if not loved them (Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction). So I don’t expect to be disappointed with Hateful Eight. I’m sure I’ll love it.

    Still, I can’t help but feel this isn’t the next Tarantino project I wanted to see. I’ll hold off judgments until I see what it’s really all about, but I just don’t want it to be too similar to Django Unchained, as much as I love it. Because one thing I love about Tarantino’s movies is how different they all are from each other, and I think he’s at his best when he’s trying something new. So having another Western isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

    I was actually interested in that Killer Crow project he had talked about, since it seemed to be a combination of Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, which would have been a unique mix. As much as I would have liked another Kill Bill movie, I never saw where there was room for a third. And as for a Vega Brothers movie, as cool as it would have been, I think the time has passed without them casting different actors in the roles. Travolta just isn’t cool anymore.

    Personally, I’d love it if Tarantino tried to do another new genre, like a slasher movie or something.

  18. I hardly can tolerate westerns these days. Although Django, a character study at best IS one of Tarantino’s best work. I see it’s nitpicked on the most obvious thing about it, even though it is shown to be deliberate. He isn’t legally human (in a sense of basic human rights). As Schultz is there, so he is, only an extension of Schultz. That until Waltz dies.

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