It would seem Quentin Tarantino has gotten over his hateful feelings regarding his leaked script for The Hateful Eight. This past January, Tarantino described his state as “very, very depressed” after the website Gawker posted the script for a western that he was in pre-production on. He was so upset by this that he claimed nobody would ever see the movie. “I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now,” Tarantino said. “I give it out to six people and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got ten more where that came from.”
While there were rumours the script leak was the fault of Bruce Dern’s agent, it was never confirmed.
The Hateful Eight has been in the news several times since then, and not just with regards to the ongoing legal battle with Gawker. Tarantino had a live stage reading of the script this past April in Los Angeles with QT regulars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Parks, Zoe Bell, and yes, even Bruce Dern. After this, Tarantino said he was working on further drafts of the script but still didn’t express intentions to film it anytime soon.
During a Comic Con panel today on the upcoming Django/Zorro comic crossover, he was again questioned about the status of this now notorious project, and his response was very positive. “Yeah – We’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight.” While this news overshadowed the book the panel was supposed to be about, it has also brought it much more press than it otherwise would have received.
No word yet on whether or not this will still be his next project, he is still teasing Kill Bill 3. If he does make The Hateful Eight next, it will be his ninth feature film.