The Hateful Eight script PDF reveals an Agatha Christie-like world where Quentin Tarantino pits angry cowpoke at each other's throats amidst the tensions of the recently ended Civil War. This is Tarantino's voice singing at the top of its lungs. While The Hateful Eight is incredibly long – much longer than it needed to be – its script does succeed in slowly ratcheting up the tensions between the characters.The cliffhanger midpoint with the poisoning of the coffee and the voiceover recap when we fade back in are a nice touch, tying the film to Tarantino’s inspiration for it: two-part episodes of shows like Bonanza and The Virginian. Brian Formo attended a live read of 'The Hateful Eight' in 2014 and he reveals all the ending changes from Quentin Tarantino's script to the movie screens.
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The Abridged Script
January 6, 2016
The Editing Room
EXT. WYOMING - POST CIVIL WAR (NO NOT THE MARVEL ONE)
Bounty hunter KURT RUSSELL is transporting criminal JENNIFER JASON LEIGH to her execution when they encounter SAMUEL L. JACKSON.
I see you are a fellow bounty hunter with three dead bounties in tow worth 8 thousand. Well you should know Jennifer’s bounty is worth 10 thousand! I reveal her worth to everyone I meet because I have a death wish. Say hi to Sam, Jennifer.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
SAMUEL L. FREEZING-HIS-NUTS-OFF JACKSON
Tarantino isn't wasting any time using his most beloved epithet.
I’m pretty sure it’s the reason why your character exists. A Tarantino film without 'n***er' is like a Jay-Z song without 'n***a'.
SAMUEL L. HITCHHIKING JACKSON
Well my tauntaun froze in this cold ass blizzard so you mind giving me a lift?
As long as you promise not to murder me and steal Jennifer’s bounty.
SAMUEL L. SMOOTH-TALKING JACKSON
I give you my word as a fellow lying back stabbing money hungry bounty hunter. So Jennifer, what did you do that was so terrible?
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
I beat Jennifer Lawrence out for this role. The odds were never in her favor.
They are taken towards their destination in GLORIOUS 70MM which is mostly wasted on the inside of their HORSE CARRIAGE.
SAMUEL L. CHILLAXIN' JACKSON
So, I suppose we had better spend a solid 40 minutes or so yammering on about anecdotal bullshit and social etiquette and-- wait we're not? Jeez, I kinda don't know where to go from here. Let's just introduce ourselves.
They call me “The Hangman” because I am anal retentive about bringing my bounties in alive to hang even though killing them would make my job a trillion times easier while also negating the entire plot of this film.
SAMUEL L. EXPOSITIONING JACKSON
I'm an ex-slave ex-Union solider ex-prisoner who's now a bounty hunter. And I carry around a letter from Abe Lincoln himself addressed directly to me because we were totally dude-bros.
Incredible! This simple letter makes me see you as a man and not just three fifths of one!
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH hocks a LOOGIE all over the letter. SAMUEL hits her so hard he knocks the SYLLABLES out of her name.
SAMUEL L. SHIT-KICKING JACKSON
You crazy bitch! This letter means THE WORLD to me and isn’t just some lame forgery I use to sucker in white folks into liking me!
Because Jennifer is being an asshole I will kindly introduce my elbow to her face.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
You're beating me up?! But I’m a woman and shit!
So? I’m treating you exactly as I would a male prisoner. No special treatment. This is what gender equality looks like sweetheart.
(pounds Jennifer’s face into paste)
They soon encounter WALTON GOGGINS wandering out in the blizzard with his thumb out.
Gas, ass or grass, buddy.
(has none of those things)
Well I’m not letting another stranger onto this here carriage!
I do declare, thank you kind sir for allowing this southern gentleman passage onto your grand chariot. Jesus do I actually sound like that?
(points at Jennifer with a neon arrow)
Got it. Samuel, I conveniently know your backstory as a notorious yankee soldier who viciously murdered confederate white soldiers such as myself, and therefore hate your n***er guts.
SAMUEL L. ACTION JACKSON
Cracker please, you killed Lem.
Well it just so happens I’m the new unofficial sheriff around these parts so if you or Kurt want to get paid for your bounties we need to get along.
(tattoos “$10,000!” on Jennifer’s forehead in Comic Sans)
INT. MINNIE’S HABERDASHERY
They arrive at the shop and meet a bunch of characters from PAST TARANTINO FILMS.
I’m an old southern war general who hates the blacks.
I’m filling in for Christoph Waltz. Cherio my good chaps! Smashing!
(is Michael Madsen)
And I'm the caretaker of this establishment ever since the owner Mini suddenly left town without taking any belongings with her, not even a coat or shoes or her life.
SAMUEL L. UNTRUSTING JACKSON
My bullshit detector is going off big time but I’ll keep it to myself because tension.
Alright everybody listen up! In case you didn’t know Jennifer is worth an amount between $9,999 and $10,001! So if anyone has plans on stopping me from collecting that money please speak up so I can shoot you in the goddamn face!
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No one? And here I was hoping you would be honest scoundrels! I suppose I had better interrogate you all.
‘ello govna! I’m the ‘angman ‘round these parts! How much do you want to bet my accent is phoney? OHH OHH! $10,000?
How did you know I'd pick that exact number?!
What about you, Michael? What are you doing here?
Being a bloated sleep-eyed lump, but mostly just cashing a check.
Fair enough. And you, Bruce? What’s your story?
I’m going to Nebraska to cash in a $1 million dollar sweepstakes prize. Oh, and I’m known for savagely executing black soldiers during the war so Samuel wants to shoot me in my old soggy nuts.
Well I probably shouldn't announce this out loud, but I’ve deduced one of you jerks is in cahoots with Jennifer!
SAMUEL L. HARD-DRINKING JACKSON
But ONLY ONE of them, as any more than that would have easily overpowered you and freed Jennifer the moment we got here.
Trapped in a secluded snowy location during a blizzard with a killer pretending to be something they’re not who wants to kill me. THAT sure doesn’t sound familiar.
SAMUEL L. SUSPICIOUS-AS-FUCK JACKSON
Well you can trust me Kurt! I’m the most honest man in this hateful group because I’m pals with Abe Lincoln!
Yeah right. That Lincoln letter of yours is faker than that orange shit Trump calls hair. You actually believe that letter is real, Kurt? Because I know a Nigerian Prince you might be interested in.
Oh my God Sam, you lied to me? But why?
SAMUEL L. LYING-ASS JACKSON
I’m a bastard. I have to be in order to survive in this white man’s world. That reminds me of a funny story. Did you guys know I killed Bruce’s son by shoving my black cock down his throat?
SAMUEL L. SONFUCKING JACKSON
That’s right. I conveniently ran across him one day in a cutscene and upon realizing he was your boy I made him walk through the blistering cold ass naked then ordered him to give me a snowjob. And he loooooved it!
Hey wait a minute, why should I believe you? You just admitted to being a lying asshole and I know you’re looking for any excuse to shoot me in the nuts. You conveniently being my son’s murderer doesn’t add up.
SAMUEL L. STAND-YOUR-GROUND JACKSON
True, but you’re old and stupid so just believe me so I can kill you in self defense.
Oh alright. That sweepstakes was probably a scam anyway.
BRUCE pulls a gun. SAMUEL shoots him so fast the movie STOPS FOR 15 MINUTES.
QUENTIN TARANTINO (V.O.)
Ah! But while Sam distracted you with imaginary tales of mouth rape, you didn’t notice someone put poison in the coffee!
Jesus, even in voice over I still sound like a pretentious dickwad.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
It just so happens I saw who poisoned the coffee! And now I’ll cackle evilly as Kurt drinks it!
I WHAT?! I’m gonna kill you you--
(vomits 8 gallons of blood!)
Goddamn bitch! You cunt ass--
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(hurls up intestines!)
No good skank whore piece of--
(throws up lungs and spleen!)
WHY DOES QUENTIN HATE ME SO MUCH?!!?!?!?!
(vomits all remaining internal organs on top of 12 more gallons of blood!)
JENNIFER breaks her teeth on KURT'S KNUCKLES before she shoots him dead.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
Shit, now I have a massive fucking dental bill AND I'm cuffed to a dead man. Maybe I shouldn’t have taunted Kurt so obviously when I knew he was about to die.
YOSEMITE SAMUEL L. JACKSON
(with guns akimbo)
Alright, first person that moves is getting his nuts shot off, except Walton, who I now trust.
You mean because you were able to look past me calling you a n***er all those times and see me as the honest law man I am?
SAMUEL L. SHOT-CALLING JACKSON
Fuck no, honkey. But you WERE about to drink that poisoned coffee before Kurt stopped you so I know you didn’t do it. That leaves only Tim, Michael, and Demian as the possible culprit.
So how do we figure out who done it?
SAMUEL L. NO-SHIT-SHERLOCK JACKSON
It’s elementary, my dear Walton. I’ve already deduced Demian is a cocksucking liar because the owner of this place was extremely racist towards Mexicans and would never leave him in charge.
But I didn’t poison the coffee, cabrón!
DIRTY SAMUEL L. JACKSON
Oh I know, but you did kill Mini, which wins you a first class ticket straight to Deadsville.
SAMUEL has modified his guns to shoot DYNAMITE and EXPLODES DEMIAN’S HEAD! For real.
SAMUEL L. IRONJAW JACKSON
That leaves Michael and Tim. If one of you doesn’t confess I’ll make you watch RoboCop and Oldboy, and I DON’T mean the originals!
Alright alright, I poisoned the coffee. I sorta have a thing for Goldie Hawn, and I just figured with Kurt out of the way I’d have a chance.
JUDGE SAMUEL L. JACKSON
Understandable. Now I must dispense vigilante justice by making Jennifer drink the poisoned coffee.. Wait, what’s that sound?
..is that male stripper music? I think it’s coming from the basement!
Because that’s where I’ve been hiding this whole time, bitches!
He shoots up through the floor and hits SAMUEL right in his NUTS!
SAMUEL L. NUTLESS JACKSON
OH LORD JESUS NOT MY NUTS! Channing you bastard! Your bullet managed to somehow miss my dick entirely and get exactly both of my testicles! Which must have been stacked on top of each other somehow!
Ha! And now I suddenly have a gun somehow!
(is a useless lump the entire time)
INT. MINNIE’S HABERDASHERY - FLASHBACK
Before SAMUEL, KURT, WALTON and JENNIFER showed up:
CHANNING, MICHAEL, TIM and DEMIAN arrive and kill everyone in the shop including a USELESS ZOE BELL CAMEO, but leave BRUCE DERN alive.
Hello Bruce. I’ve decided to let you live so I have someone to explain my nefarious plan to. Jennifer is my sister and a part of my gang. I plan to kill Kurt and free her. All you have to do is sit there and be a senile old man.
I was planning on doing that anyway home skillet.
INT. MINNIE’S HABERDASHERY - PRESENT
SAMUEL is confined to a bed and WALTON appears to be mortally wounded. MICHAEL is still standing around like a DINGUS.
And I’m bleeding to death from a gunshot wound to the stomach surrounded by dangerous men who don’t trust me. THAT sure doesn’t ring any bells.
(still in the basement)
Why the hell did I allow Sam to get to that bed instead of unloading my gun into him through the floor?
SAMUEL L. CINEMA-SINS JACKSON
That's a really good question we won’t bother to explain.
What exactly was your plan, Channing? You had the element of surprise and you blew it. You could have easily ambushed us the moment Kurt arrived with your sister and freed her.
I guess I’m all abs and no brains.
SAMUEL L. SHOOTS-FIRST JACKSON
Truer words. Toss up your hand cannons and come out of the basement or we shoot Jennifer right in her stink eye while excessively calling her a bitch, which is competing with n***er for most used slur in a Tarantino movie.
CHANNING comes out of the basement. He and JENNIFER are reunited in a truly touching moment that SAMUEL ruins by BLOWING the top of CHANNING’S HEAD clean OFF.
TIM and MICHAEL are also shot dead. SAMUEL has run out of EXPLOSIVE BULLETS.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
(covered with Channing’s brains)
Of all the fluids in Channing’s body this is the one women DON’T want to have all over their faces. Walton, let’s make a deal. Kill Samuel and you can have the bounties on my dead gang members.
Kill Samuel? But black lives matter!
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
Not this time! Come on, Walton. You're an American lawman. Shooting unarmed black dudes should be like second nature! So Deal or No Deal?
Let me think about it NO DEAL! Honestly, chances are I’m not going to live long enough to collect the money anyway, but you were all too willing to let me drink that poisoned coffee so allow me to return the favor by shooting you right in your ugly goddamn erck!
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
Ha! A chance to escape! Fuck am I still cuffed to Kurt’s dead body? That’s nothing a hatchet won’t fix! Holy shit, when did this become The Walking Dead? Maybe Channing was able to crawl under a dumpster and survived.
JENNIFER hacks off KURT’s arm and dives for a gun but SAMUEL uses RACISM to revive WALTON and he stops her.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
Curses! I guess that's it for me. Please just splatter my brains and get it over with quick.
50 SHADES OF SAMUEL L. JACKSON
That would be the non-bastardly thing to do. But we are in fact mean bastards so we're going to honor Kurt’s legacy by viciously hanging you to death.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
But isn’t that a little sadistic given I’m a beaten helpless woman?
SAMUEL L. PROBABLY-GOING-TO-BLEED-TO-DEATH JACKSON
Are you kidding? You’re a murdering, lying, conniving, manipulative piece of human feces who conspired to kill every person here who wasn’t in your gang. If ANYBODY deserves to hang it’s you. And maybe Michael Madsen for being 300 pounds of dead weight.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
(points to lady hole)
SAMUEL L. MOTHERFUCKING JACKSON
Oh, you don’t have any balls? Well neither do I!
SAMUEL and WALTON fashion a noose out of ULTRA PANAVISION 70MM FILM STOCK and hang JENNIFER DEAD.
(looks at watch)
Hmm. The running time is still not quite at Titanic level yet. I had better spend an agonizingly long time to sloooowly read your fake Abe Lincoln letter like a 3rd grader who's failing English class.
SAMUEL L. OKAY-I'VE-RUN-OUT JACKSON
Hey, I just realized something. Do you know what the most amazing thing about this movie is?
It doesn’t have a single jarring out of place pop culture song anywhere on the soundtrack?
COMPOSER ENNIO MORRICONE
That was me. I also convinced QT not to include any gratuitous foot fetish shots!
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The Hateful Eight is a western by Quentin Tarantino that started production in early 2015. The project gained notoriety after an early script had been leaked and Tarantino initially shelved it. He organized a live script reading in the spring of 2014 and confirmed the project will go ahead after all, at the 2014 San Diego Comic Convention. As of June 2015 the film is in post-production. The movie was shot in Ultra Panavision 70mm, its release will be a limited release with theaters capable of that projection followed by a wider release in 35mm and DCP later.
- Production: The Weinstein Company (also US distribution)
- Release date (US): Christmas day 2015 (limited 70mm release), January 2016 (wide)
- International release dates and distributors: January 28 2016 (Germany, Universum Film)
- Also known as: Les 8 Salopards (France), Les 8 enragés (Canada, french title), Os 8 Odiados (Brazil), Hrozný Osmi (Slovakia), Омерзительная восьмерка (Russia), Nienawistna ósemka (Poland), Hrozný Osmi (Czech Republic), Iyrenc Sekkizlik (Azerbaijan), Los Odiosos Ocho (Spain), Los 8 Mas Odiados (Mexico), Os 8 Odiados (Brazil)
- Ratings: R (USA), 16 (Germany)
Running time of the limited Road Show version (about 6 minutes of actual extra footage compared to the theatrical release):
- 3 hours, 7 minutes (187 mins) 70mm version with 3 min 48 sec overture, including 12 min intermission. 10 reels of 70MM film
- 2 hours 55 minutes (175 mins) as a normal DCP Version without intermission
Wide release run time
- 2 hours 47 minutes (167 mins) DCP or 35mm
Netflix Extended Version (4 episodes)
- 210 minutes
Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as 'The Hangman', will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road they encounter two strangers Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) a black former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) a southern renegade who claims to to be the town's new sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir) who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth) the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they might not make it to Red Rock after all..
- Tagline: No one comes up here without a damn good reason
Quentin Tarantino announced in a TV appearance on Jay Leno that his next movie would be another western. Shortly afterwards, Deadline broke a story about the title and potential actors QT had approached with an early version of the script. Among the actors he approached for roles were Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.
On January 21 however, QT turned to Deadline to announce he will shelf the project, after he found out the script had been leaked in a too early state and he will instead turn to other projects, possibly publishing The Hateful Eight as a book. Days later, the script was spread by the gossip magazine Gawker without permission, Quentin promptly took them to court two days later. Ultimately, the case got dismissed and the issue is for now set on ice (there is an option to reopen).
In April, Tarantino directed a live reading of the script in LA with a range of actors, and he announced that he was working on a revised version of the script.
At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Quentin officially announced that he would be shooting the film in early 2015. The same day, the first official artwork appeared (a preview of a full page ad in Empire Magazine). On August 22nd, Robert Rodriguez' Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opened in theaters in the United States, with a teaser trailer for The Hateful Eight attached, which leaked on to YouTube within a day.
In September, it was announced the film will be scheduled for a Fall 2015 release. At the end of the month, it was announced the film will be shot entirely in southwest Colorado.
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The first official ad for the movie (featuring a stagecoach with a trail of blood behind it) was featured in TIME MAGAZINE in July 2014.
The first official teaser trailer for the film alternately titled 'H8TEFUL EIGHT' was released with Robert Rodriguez's SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (released August 22, 2014 in the US). Since nothing has been filmed yet, this preview clip is simply an illustrated introduction to the main characters with some music played over it.
August 12, 2015 the first official teaser trailer was released, after the previous day had seen the release of new official character posters.
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