As you may know, Quentin Tarantino shelved his latest project The Hateful Eight after the screenplay for this Western was leaked, and subsequently found its way online. While in the midst of suing Gawker over the distribution of the copyrighted work, with a lawsuit that recently got a trial date, Tarantino has decided to direct a one night only live reading of the screenplay.
The production will come to life on stage at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) thanks to Film Independent, and the team that promotes director Jason Reitman's Live Read series, which finds popular actors reading various iconic screenplays in front of a live audience.
The The Hateful Eight live read directed by Quentin Tarantino will take place on April 24, and tickets aren't cheap. They will run you $200. While that may seem steep, Film Independent and Quentin Tarantino are promising a unique experience. While previous Live Reads have been for existing movies, this will be the first time an original project has been brought on stage as part of the program. And it will be the first and only time The Hateful Eight is performed live in front of an audience.
While The Hateful Eight has been indefinitely shelved, seeing how an audience reacts to the material might change Quentin Tarantino's mind about directing the film after all. There are already rumors that he is starting to reconsider.
It's expected that the cast will not be revealed until opening night of the show. To purchase tickets: CLICK HERE
Here is the official release with a full synopsis:
The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group comprised of a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.
Quentin Tarantino, an equally potent force of nature, reads stage directions and directs a group of actors he selects through material that mixes distinctively etched characters, drama, humor, and violence-the marriage of elements that in the past has defined the phrase "a film by Quentin Tarantino."
This is a one time-only occasion. This is a premiere event that will not be recorded or live streamed."
Christoph Waltz is expected to be a part of the live cast, though that has not been confirmed. There is a part written in the screenplay for Samuel L. Jackson, but he may be too busy with Avengers: Age of Ultron to attend. Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth were also mentioned for the cast before the director decided to cancel the project for the big screen. Will any of them show up on April 24? Its possible.