There’s a fair-to-good chance that you’ve already seen this – being the handsome, upwardly mobile, finger on the pulse of pop culture types that you are. But an “official” release is as good an excuse as any to re-watch/get psyched.
Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming feature The Hateful Eight has suffered more than its fair share of leak-related setbacks. Most of which Big Q hasn’t seemingly dealt with particularly well.
First, the entire first draft of the script found its way online, causing Tarantino to throw one almighty hissy fit, canning production on the film altogether and all-but throwing the script into the bin.
Threatening phone calls, public name and shaming, and lawsuits levelled at media organisations followed, turning the whole thing far more chaotic than it already was, and pushing the saga dangerously close to farce territory.
But then, almost a year to the day ago, Tarantino staged a live reading of the script – intended to be the only time the film saw the light of any public day.
And then, for whatever reason, the film was back on. Only for an extremely early cut of a teaser trailer to wriggle its way out of the grasp of those in charge and find its way online – albeit in somewhat shakycam form.
Not one to be deterred by an internet leak (anymore) the production pressed on.
Fast forward to today, and we’ve got an “official” version of that teaser finally making its way online, with the film’s release date set for later this year – spring time in Australia, or so the story goes.
The teaser, as you may remember, features no footage. But it is a wildly cool little animatic with plenty of blood spatter, and the identity of each of the eight, including “Bob – the Mexican” and some charming-sounding fellow who goes by the moniker “The Cow Puncher.”
Get your eyes around the teaser right now!
Written and directed by Tarantino, the film stars a swathe of Tarantino film veterans, many of whom were present at the live reading – Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum, James Parks, Zoë Bell and a whole bunch of others.