Tarantino's Leaked 'Hateful Eight' Script to Get Staged Reading

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UPDATED: The unproduced screenplay will be featured in a "once-in-a-lifetime event" on April 24.

Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the leak of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Film Independent is staging a world-premiere reading of the scrapped screenplay.

Touted as a "special, once-in-a-lifetime event," the reading will take place Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. PT at LACMA's Bing Theater and will not be recorded or live streamed. Tickets go on sale starting April 9 at 5 p.m., costing $200 apiece.

Tarantino made headlines with Hateful Eight when the script was leaked on the Internet, prompting the filmmaker to abandon the project altogether.

Hateful Eight centered on the rising 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.

In January, Tarantino filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly facilitating the dissemination of copies of his unproduced script. The legal battle between Tarantino and Gawker has been ugly, with Tarantino claiming recently that Gawker had "fabricated" a news story only to "trumpet to the world without impunity exactly where on the Internet the infringement was taking place." U.S. District Judge John Walter is set to hear Gawker's motion to dismiss on April 14.

“Quentin Tarantino is a key figure in the independent creative community,” said Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent. “We are thrilled that Quentin will be holding the World Premiere Staged Reading of his script of The Hateful Eight with Film Independent at LACMA. Film Independent supports diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision with events like the Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, our Filmmaker Labs, as well as our year-round film programing curated by Elvis Mitchell. We offer unique cinematic experiences to the people of Los Angeles, and this event is going to deliver just that.”

Proceeds for the event go toward programming efforts of Film Independent at LACMA.

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