Genre traversing American auteur, Quentin Tarantino, has reportedly finished writing the first draft of the screenplay for his new film and is currently in the process of casting its players.
Deadline reports that the director’s new film, titled “The Hateful Eight”, will be his second take on the Western genre and aims to start production later this year. The film, a reference to the iconic John Sturges Western The Magnificent Seven, itself a riff on the highly influential 1954 Akira Kurosawa opus Seven Samurai, is reportedly courting the signatures of Austrian-German Oscar winner and recent Tarantino muse Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds), as well as Nebraska star Bruce Dern, though both are unconfirmed at this time.
QT first hinted at the project last year when he told Jay Leno that he would like to revisit the genre after the release of his Oscar winning revenge Western, Django Unchained. “I love westerns so much,” he said. “After I taught myself to make one, it’s like ‘Now let me make another one, now I know what I’m doing.’”