Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ live staged script reading

Written by Giorgio Ramos

Would you pay $150-$200 to see a live staged reading of Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ script? It’s a little over 10 times more than what you would pay to watch a movie at your local theater, depending on where you live. But it could also be worth it. Considering that ‘The Hateful Eight’ may never be turned into a film according to Tarantino’s words back in January after hearing his script leaked and showed up online. Well this past weekend Mr. Tarantino himself hosted a live staged reading of his “The Hateful Eight’ script and even brought some of his friends who previously starred in his films to help.

Quentin Tarantino

According to The Hollywood Reporter the director was joined by Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained), Kurt Russell (Death Proof) Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Michael Madsen (Kill Bill), Bruce Dern (Django Unchained), and others. The live script reading was three hours full humorous cast banter moments and raw direction from Tarantino as he narrated technical details. Recalling the performances of these actors in Tarantino’s films, I can assume they delivered some great and entertaining dialogue.  In addition to Tarantino himself narrating with all this talent, this was probably a real fun time for both the readers and the crowd of 1,200 people. 

After the event THR provided a summary of the performance:

“[The Hateful Eight is a] Western set somewhere between eight and 12 years after the Civil War, which begins with Russell as a bounty hunter chained to his prey, [Amber] Tamblyn, inside a stagecoach as they travel toward a destination where he will collect a $10,000 reward for her.

Hateful Eight

Tarantino informed the audience prior to the event’s commencement that they will be hearing a second draft of the script, while he is currently working on a third draft. ‘The Hateful Eight’ is said to be a five chapter story (think ‘Kill Bill’ format), however Tarantino informed the audience that the fifth chapter titled ”Black Night, White Hell” will be heavily changed, if not gone. “So the only time it will be seen is here, tonight,” said Tarantino. Think of it as an exclusive.

My Take:

There is no telling whether Tarantino will turn his script into a film. He could be writing up another draft for publishing purposes. Perhaps he wanted to see the fans and film journalists reaction to the story in hopes of inspiring him to reconsider making a film again. I think in the end he will come up with a better draft of the script than the one leaked and decide to make it a film again. Maybe I’m just saying this because I want him to make the film. I can’t help it, his films are incredible!


What are your thoughts of this move by Tarantino with his ‘The Hateful Eight Script’?  Would you like to see this become a film? Express your thoughts below!

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