Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Gets a Premiere – As a Live Reading (Updated)

Film Independent changes venue, bumps the staged reading up to April 19

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A staged reading of Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight,” a leaked script that has led to the filmmaker’s lawsuit against Gawker Media, has been bumped from April 24 to April 19, Film Independent announced Wednesday.

The venue has changed, with the reading now taking place at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

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After the screenplay leaked online, Tarantino decided not to make the film — and he has sued Gawker for writing about and linking to the script. That suit recently received a court date of January 2015, although the judge also moved the matter to private arbitration.

The reading was originally to take place at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where Film Independent held previous staged screenplay readings directed by Jason Reitman, including: “The Big Lebowski,” “Reservoir Dogs” and “The Usual Suspects.”

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The FIND press release describes the plot this way: “‘The Hateful Eight’ follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.”

Proceeds from the reading will support the programming efforts of Film Independent at LACMA.