After The Hateful Eight’s script leaked, the eventual film began its life under Tarantino’s direction on stage, with a live reading that included many of the cast members who would be in the film. And now that Tarantino’s latest has hit theaters, he’s looking to return to it and adapt it properly as a play.
Speaking to The Wrap, Tarantino explained that he’s hoping to turn The Hateful Eight into a play that he would direct with the theatrical version now completed and available to the public.
“I’ve thought [the stage version] out completely,” Tarantino told The Wrap. “I’m just waiting for this [awards] season to be over so I can write it, I gotta put myself there and write it for this.”
The transition suits the film, as the majority of The Hateful Eight takes place in a single location, Minnie’s Habadashery. The wood lodge setting is practically designed in the film to already be a stage set open to the audience. The only main set other than Minnie’s would be the horse-drawn carriage by which some of the characters first arrive to the cabin, making at least the logistics of the adaptation feasible.
Tarantino even explained that there were considerations to make The Hateful Eight a stage play first, though they came from The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein.
“Harvey actually — he tried to talk me into doing it as a play first,” Tarantino said. “He said, ‘Let’s just say this out loud before we commit to doing the movie.’ And I was like, ‘Look, I could. But I like the mystery aspect and the mystery aspect will really only work in the movie. And I have the 70mm and I have the snow. So let me do that.’”
The Hateful Eight director recently spoke to EW about whether he still plans to retire after his 10th film, though such plans would apparently not preclude him from pursuing non-cinematic work.
“That seems to be where I’m going to be going eventually too, writing novels, writing plays, and theater, and stuff” Tarantino said in another recent interview in which he also discussed the possibility of a third Kill Bill.
The Hateful Eight is now in theaters and recently won a Golden Globe for best original score for Ennio Morricone’s work on the film. For more on Tarantino’s latest, read EW’s full interview with him about The Hateful Eight.