Quentin Tarantino made an appearance at Comic-Con over the weekend to confirm that his beleaguered Western The Hateful Eight is moving forward as planned despite a script leak earlier this year that made the iconoclastic director declare that he would shelve the project.
According to Deadline, after a fan asked about the status of The Hateful Eight, the director said that he’s continuing with the film, though he didn’t give any more details. Before his panel at Comic-Con, Deadline reported that a source had told the publication that Tarantino is in the process of locking everyone in to begin shooting in early 2015.
In an interview with Deadline in January, Tarantino said that he was so upset and felt so betrayed over the leaked script — which, it turns out, had made its way on to the Internet via a rep for one of the actors he’d sent an un-watermarked copy to — that he was going to give up on the project of a post-Civil War-era spaghetti Western entirely. “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said in the Deadline interview. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”
The Deadline journalist who spoke to Tarantino, Mike Fleming Jr., said that he spent much of the interview trying to convince Tarantino not to abandon the project, as the chance to see Tarantino’s take on a true ensemble Western is enough to make any fan of the director salivate in anticipation. “I could totally change my mind; I own the fucking thing,” Tarantino said at the time.