The Hateful Eight isn’t dead after all.

Quentin Tarantino vowed to kill the project — a Wyoming-set, post-Civil War western — when the script was leaked in January.

“I’m going to publish it [as a book], and that’s it for now,” the director said at the time. “I give [the script] out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”

But at an all-star reading of The Hateful Eight script on Saturday, the director admitted things had changed.

“I’m working on a second draft and I will do a third draft but we’re reading from the first draft,” Tarantino told the 1,200 fans attending the event, dubbed “Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino: The Hateful Eight.” “The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever,” he added.

The event featured Tarantino alumni Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Parks, Amber Tamblyn, Denis Menochet, James Remar, and Walton Goggins reading the script, which the filmmaker directed onstage in real-time.

“We’ve been rehearsing for the last three days,” Tarantino told the crowd. “We’re OK; we’re not bad.”

The Hateful Eight
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