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Quentin Tarantino will direct The Hateful Eight after all (on stage, anyway)

Quentin Tarantino is clearly used to getting his way, which is fine if you’re at the top of Harvey Weinstein’s nice list like he is. Tarantino’s very public meltdown over the leak of his script The Hateful Eight —and his subsequent lawsuit against Gawker—showed that he is not a man to be crossed. Now, in positively Tarantino-esque fashion, he’s getting his revenge against the bastards who leaked his script, and he’s doing it through that most badass of mediums: live theater.

Instead of turning The Hateful Eight into a book like he said he might, Tarantino is going to direct a one-night-only live reading of his script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on April 24. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 9 for members and will set you back a cool $200. (Also, no motherfucking cell phones in the motherfucking theater.) Here’s how LACMA describes the script:

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 which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.”


Tarantino, whom LACMA also describes as “an equally potent force of nature,” will appear to read stage directions and other cues. The cast will be handpicked by Tarantino, and could provide insight into who might have been cast if The Hateful Eight had gone forward as planned. Considering what happened the last time they were allowed to read the script, probably don’t expect Michael Madsen or Bruce Dern to be among them.

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