Last weekend in Los Angeles, a whole cadre of the director's cohorts gathered for a three and a half-hour live reading of "The Hateful Eight," which you might remember hearing about after the first draft of the script was leaked in January. Although the future of the project is still in limbo, it's clear that Tarantino fans are eager to see it however they can -- even if it means shelling out up to $200 bucks for a bare bones stage reading.
In fact, this reading was of that infamously leaked first draft, making the event a one time only deal. "I'm working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we're reading from the first draft... The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever," Tarantino announced.
QT was pretty hands-on with his cast, giving direction on the fly to Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Walton "Cloggin'" Goggins. They portrayed your typical Tarantino rogue's gallery of Wild West characters, with Jackson and Russell as bounty hunters, Madsen as a cowboy, Dern as a Southern general, and Goggins as a nasty Confederate soldier. After their stagecoach gets stranded in Wyoming, they seek refuge in Minnie's Haberdashery; unfortunately for all involved, there's a whole lot more bloodshed than haberdashering.
We'll never know the true glory of this live read since everyone was forced to check their smart phones at the door. Given the reception, we have hope that "The Hateful Eight" will make its way to the big screen sooner rather than later. Especially since Tarantino's old pals the Weinsteins were spotted in the audience.