Quentin Tarantino Western The Hateful Eight is off the shelf

The Oscar-winning director suspended work on his screenplay after it leaked online, but is now working on a new draft after read-throughs with stars including Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Kurt Russell

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Quentin Tarantino Western The Hateful Eight is off the shelf
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Alicia Tan

Just four months after Quentin Tarantino made a stern declaration that he was shelving his leaked script for The Hateful Eight, it seems the director has plans to start filming the Western. 

A live read-through of the screenplay took place at the United Artists theatre in Los Angeles last month, with cast including Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walt Goggins and Zoe Bell.

Meanwhile, Tarantino's own words at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday suggest filming is likely to happen. "I'm still writing the script right now," he told press, admitting “I have calmed down. A bit. The knife-in-the-back wound is starting to scab."

Tarantino was furious after The Hateful Eight’s draft screenplay was leaked in January to industry insiders. Tarantino said he had only given the script to six people, including Reggie Hudlin, producer of his Oscar-winning first Western Django Unchained, and actors Madsen, Dern and Tim Roth.

The Hateful Eight follows bounty hunters transporting prisoners through the wild west and is expected to start filming in Wyoming in November, according to Showbiz411.

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