Well, there we go. After what was either artistic outrage or great marketing, Quintin Tarantino has recovered from the leaked script fiasco of his latest project, The Hateful Eight. The director announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the revenge-themed Western will be his next project. A few days later the poster for the project surfaced, setting a 2015 release date and more than a little bit of style. They really need to get that leak checked, or the wagon pistons will seize. In case the poster doesn’t spell it out loudly enough, this will be Tarantino’s eighth film and he’ll be filming it in Super Cinemascope, a 70mm film standard that had a brief heyday in the Fifties before being replaced by Panavision. In other words, it’s going to be wide-wide-screen, so expect loads of hat tips to Sergio Leone’s work. Tarantino has been on a great hot streak and following the success of Django Unchained, the comics of which Tarantino was at SDCC to promote, Hateful Eight will have been eagerly awaited anyway. But it created a huge amount of buzz when a leak of the script caused work to stop on the movie:
Tarantino had planned to make the Western his next film but stopped working on it after the script was leaked by Gawker. The director was then embroiled in a legal fight with the website, which ended with him withdrawing the suit in May. In April, he staged a star-studded reading of the script featuring Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth and Samuel L. Jackson. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said that Tarantino intended to shoot the film next winter.
The director also revealed the future for one of his most popular creations. There have been plans to release The Whole Bloody Affair, a seamless special edition of both Kill Bill movies. But it appears this will contain more than simply the two films sown together. Tarantino mentioned that the animated sequence in the first movie was set to be much longer, but it couldn’t be finished in time and was abandoned.
“I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific.”
Maybe there are other missing bits and new surprises for this release, which will be released within the next year or so. Now I’m the kind of Tarantino fan who refuses to buy his movies unless it includes his commentary, so this makes me very excited. Hopefully it might be followed by that Grindhouse super edition we all want. Meanwhile, here is the animated sequence that appeared in Kill Bill:
Last Updated: July 31, 2014