As we reported yesterday, one of six motherfuckers whose names may or may not be “Bruce Dern” or “Michael Madsen” spurred Quentin Tarantino to take his vengeance ball and go home, after leaking the script for The Hateful Eight. But while Tarantino’s personal sense of “betrayal” means you may never see this particular Western on the big screen—or at least, not for a while—now you can see it the way every modern movie was meant to be seen: In stunning, sensuous scans of script pages on the Internet.
Both Badass Digest and The Wrap have posted excerpts, plot summaries, and actual pages of the screenplay that, actually, you can probably find and read in its entirety without even upsetting Tarantino again, seeing as he said he was cool with the Internet leaking it. (Just not you, Bruce Dern.) But perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Tarantino planned to film The Hateful Eight in “breathtaking 70MM”—a scope he references again and again in his scene descriptions, repeatedly establishing exterior shots as being in, for example, “big super CINEMASCOPE 70MM filmed gloriousness.”
The use of that format to render his Western landscapes as vividly as possible may have also been Tarantino’s way of creating a juxtaposition with the rest of the movie, which takes place primarily within two interiors—and, The Wrap notes, “reads more like a tense stage play than a sweeping Western film.” Still, just imagine what that big super Cinemascope 70MM filmed gloriousness could have done for the vast, rolling expanses of Michael Madsen’s forehead.
As to the actual story—which The Wrap says contains “obvious parts for Madsen and Dern, as well as Tarantino stalwarts like Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz”—The Hateful Eight likely would have found Jackson and Madsen playing bounty hunters whose attempts to return their captive for reward is waylaid by a blizzard. They, along with “a Southerner named Chris Mannix,” are forced to seek shelter in a “haberdashery” where they meet four more men, including a general likely to be played by Dern, “an alleged hangman, a Frenchman named Bob, and a cowboy named Joe Gage.” From there, “mistrust, coffee, and violence ensue” (though really, that description works for all of Tarantino’s movies). Anyway, you can see it all yourself right now, if only in the big super Cinemascope 70MM of your mind.