Quentin Tarantino on the set of Inglourious Basterds

You may recall that, back in January, news broke concerning Quentin Tarantino’s next film project.  Called The Hateful Eight, the film was rumored to star Tim Roth and Bruce Dern, and was said to be a Western that—like Kill Bill Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained—would be deeply influenced by the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1970s.  But then a rough draft of the script leaked, and Tarantino, in rage, declared that he would never shoot the film.  He also sued Gawker for disseminating links to the stolen material.

Fast forward a few months, and Tarantino had suitably calmed down enough to hire a cadre of actors to perform the script live, theatrically, via a one-time reading at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles over the weekend, with Tarantino directing.

Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Denis Menochet, James Remar, Zoe Bell, and Dana Gourrier read The Hateful Eight live on Saturday night, acting out the tale that, according to /Film, “is set during a Wyoming snowstorm a few years after the civil war, and takes place in only two locations: a stagecoach and a small haberdashery in which the characters take refuge from the storm. There, tensions boil over into conflict and violence.”

But wait, there’s more—Tarantino is now said to be returning to the script for a second draft, followed by a third, and is crafting an all-new ending.  There are even reports that he plans to begin filming The Hateful Eight next winter.  It seems the mercurial director might not deny us his next epic after all.

Do you want to see The Hateful Eight make it to the big screen?