Quentin Tarantino delved into what “pissed” him off when the original script for his newest movie, The Hateful Eight, leaked on Gawker.
At the Hall H panel in San Diego, Tarantino, surrounded by most of the key actors in his movie — minus Samuel L. Jackson — said it was the first draft that leaked online and he expected to write two more to get to a point where he was ready to shoot.
“There were certain plot threads that I didn’t tie up yet,” he explained. “My process was my process.”
But, he continued, “even though I yelled and screamed, I continued with my process. It got more public than I wanted it to get.” Tarantino ended up filing a lawsuit against Gawker.
Tarantino brought the f-word and more to Hall H, showcasing seven minutes of his movie (including a scene that had Bruce Dern yelling the n-word) and plenty of talk on why he used decades-old lenses to shoot his movie on UltraPanavision.
In fact, his passion was stoked when he discussed his views on film over digital, as well as his retirement plans.
“We’ve ceded too much to the barbarians,” he said about the movie industry’s move to shooting on digital and projecting digitally. “I didn’t work 20 years to see diminishing returns. That’s not the movie industry I signed up for.” He went to say his initial thinking on Eight was “If I shoot in 70mm, then they have to show it in 70mm.”
Tarantino also clarified what he meant when he last year said that he planned to retire after making 10 films. For one thing, his pace alone will keep him working for plenty more years.
“I usually make 3 movies a decade. [Hateful Eight] is number two for this decade. It’s still another decade after.”
But he still hedged his plans. Shooting on film is another factor. “If I can’t shoot on film, if I can’t release on film … we’ll see what happens. I like the idea of leaving and having people wanting more.”
And he hedged his plans once again with this kicker: He may retire from movies, but there’s still television.
“Maybe there are 10 movies, but three mini-series for television. My scripts get cut down anyway. If I wrote a script and it’s eight hours, then we’ll be all good.”
Moderator Chris Hardwick allowed for the other actors to have their turn (Bruce Dern complimented Tarantino by saying: “If he had a rival, it would only be Luchino Visconti,” the great Italian director) but it was mostly Tarantino in the driving seat.
The filmmaker revealed that his favorite scene he ever wrote was the farm scene from Inglourious Basterds, before that it was the Sicilian speech from True Romance, his first script.
And at the end of the panel he announced that Ennio Morricone, the veteran composer of Western classics The Good The Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, was composing the score for Eight.
The move makes it not only the first Tarantino movie to have an score and not use source music, but it will also be Morricone’s first Western music in over 40 years.