It’s a happy ending of sorts for Quentin Tarantino’s abandoned (for now) project The Hateful Eight. Following all the brouhaha over the leaked script that had led to a massive lawsuit against the website Gawker, Tarantino appears to be putting some of the bad feelings behind him. He’s decided to cast and direct a live stage reading of the abandoned script at the LA County Museum of Art, courtesy of Film Independent.
The live reading of The Hateful Eight will take place on April 24 at 8 p.m. No cast has yet been announced for the reading, but no matter who appears it’s certainly a rare opportunity to see and hear a film script read onstage. Film Independent has curated the live reading program at the LA County Museum of Art, and are naturally excited to have scored such a high-profile script and director.
Film Independent President Josh Welsh had this to say:
We are thrilled that Quentin will be holding the world premiere staged reading of his script of The Hateful Eight with Film Independent at LACMA. We offer unique cinematic experiences to the people of Los Angeles, and this event is going to deliver just that.
An unique prospect indeed. The Hateful Eight tells the story of stagecoach passengers stranded in a blizzard, with characters including a Confederate soldier, a few bounty hunters, and a female prisoner. While there will be no Tarantino-esque explosions of blood all over the stage, we can expect some of that endless dialogue the writer/director is so well-known for.
Meanwhile, things are not quite over in The Hateful Eight controversy. Tarantino’s Gawker lawsuit has a trial date of January 27th, 2015 (via Deadline). He launched the $1 million dollar lawsuit this past January following Gawker’s publication of the leaked script without Tarantino’s permission.
If you happen to be in the LA area and want to go see The Hateful Eight reading, tickets will go on sale Wednesday to the general public on April 16. The hefty price-tag of $200 dollars per person (with a limit of two tickets each) mean that this one is unlikely to appeal to the general movie-going population. Then again, it’s a pretty cool opportunity and is unlikely to be repeated.