While discussing a Django Unchained comic book at Comic-Con, writer-director Quentin Tarantino revealed that, indeed The Hateful Eight would be his next project. This isn’t as surprising now, as it would’ve been when CraveOnline caught a staged reading of the script he vowed to never film, after it leaked online.
But since then, Kurt Russell has been adamant to anyone who asked that, yes, they are indeed going to shoot that fucker. And they’d like to get as much of that cast — including Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Amber Tamlyn, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen — back as possible. Depending on how much remains the same, the plot most likely still concerns two main sections: bounty hunters escorting a passenger and the cabin they stop at during a blizzard.
But something that was very surprising to hear from the director was the planned, Weinstein Company-backed limited release of a Kill Bill cut, that would include both films and a 30-minute O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Lui) anime section. It’d be titled Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (and screened once in Los Angeles in 2011 at the New Beverly Cinema). The director explains how that sequence came to be (via Slash Film):
“Originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.”
So there you have it. 2015 might see both a smaller-scale Tarantino original film and a plus-sized Tarantino opus.
UPDATE: if you need further proof, other than a simple “yes, that’s next” from Tarantino’s mouth. Here’s the horse in front of the carriage: an advertisement in the newest issue of Empire Magazine. On newsstands at the end of this week: