By Darren Franich
Updated July 15, 2014 at 06:26 PM EDT
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2014 will go down in history as the year Quentin Tarantino almost made The Hateful Eight.

The filmmaker was bullish about filming another western after his Oscar winning hit Django Unchained—but after a script leak and an ensuing lawsuit against Gawker, Tarantino seemed to cool on the idea. But at a live read of the Hateful Eight script, he announced that he was in the process of redrafting the screenplay–presumably adding in a character named Dick “The Gawker” Nenton, who suffers various horrific-but-hilarious limb-removal procedures.

Now it looks like 2015 will go down in history as the year Quentin Tarantino actually made The Hateful Eight. That’s according to Kurt Russell, who took part in the Hateful Eight live read, and who mentioned the movie among his future projects during an interview with Philadelphia’s Fox 29 station. Russell was on hand to talk about The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Netflix’s new documentary about the Portland Mavericks, an infamously wild baseball team owned by Russell’s father Bing. But when asked about what else he was working on, Russell idly said, “There’s a Tarantino project called Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year.”

Tarantino’s usual patrons The Weinstein Company didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment, and given that Tarantino prefers to work at his own pace, it’s possible that “beginning of the year” start date could get delayed. Still, good to hear that there’s life in the project. Check out Russell here; the bit about Tarantino is around 3:55.

The Hateful Eight

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  • Quentin Tarantino