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THE BLACK LIST BLOGS
Last night at the United Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, Quentin Tarantino directed a staged reading of his original screenplay The Hateful Eight. This is the script that Gawker leaked to the web back in January that led to a lawsuit by the filmmaker against the online site. At the time, Tarantino said because of the script going public, he was scrapping the movie project. Evidently per the script reading last night, that is not necessarily the case.
Actors who participated in the staged reading: Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, James Parks, Amber Tamblyn Michael Madsen, Denis Menochet, James Remar, Walton Goggins and Bruce Dern.
Photo via Indiewire
I’ve aggregated some of the key reports from the event.
THR (Todd McCarthy)
Indiewire (Anne Thompson)
Indiewire (Charlie Schmidlin)
This is a worthy excerpt from this last review:
Ad-libbing from the cast even forced Tarantino to grow somewhat irate, as he told them, “You’re starting to drift a little from the dialogue, guys. Stick to what’s written on the page—no more co-writing.”
Spoken like a true screenwriter!
Gawker claims this is all a stunt by Tarantino to generate interest in the project. I doubt it, but the fact is everything that has transpired has created all sorts of buzz, leading to the event last night in front of a packed house including heavy hitters like the Weinstein brothers.
What’s your take? Do you hope Tarantino goes forward with The Hateful Eight movie?
UPDATE: This review from Hitfix.
The Black List is a pretty exclusive club, especially so for those writers who manage to land two scripts on the List in a single year. That’s what Elijah Bynum did in 2013 when two of his original screenplays — “Mississippi Mud” and “Hot Summer Nights”.
I sought out Elijah to see what sort of creative mind could manage that feat. He was kind enough to give me an hour of his time in what turned out to be a great conversation about storytelling and the craft of screenwriting.
Part 1: “I was born and raised in a little town in a little state 3,000 miles away from Hollywood. I figured I had a better chance of striking oil in my backyard than making a career in entertainment.”
Part 2: “First of all, just naturally the way I approach story, I always have a question I want to explore. I never want to answer the question. I want to raise the question and present both sides of the argument and let the audience drawn their own conclusion.”
Part 3: “I wanted to explore religion and faith and the idea of fate and happenstance. What some call fate others call ‘the way shit is’”.
Part 4: “It’s the fear of becoming that thing that the world around you tells you that you’ll become. All of our characters fight against that. Some win. Some don’t.”
Part 5: “I have an index card taped to my desk that says, “Don’t be boring.” I have to remind myself of that all the time. Any time I feel the plot dragging and I realize I’m going down the wrong path I look down at my desk and that little index card is staring up at me.”
Part 6: “Writers have to be curious by nature. Curious about life, curious about human beings, curious about what makes the world go around. As long as you’re curious, there will always be something to write and you’ll always be raising the right questions.”
Elijah is repped at Verve and Kaplan / Perrone.
Jesse Armstrong writing comedy “Border Guards” for Sony and Gary Sanchez Productions.
David Berenbaum writing sequel Mrs. Doubtfire 2 for Fox 2000.
TJ Fixman sells action thriller script “Men Who Kill” to 20th Century Fox, Michael B. Jordan attached to star.
John Hlavin sells period action pitch “Nekome” to GrandElectric Entertainment.
Lauryn Kahn sells comedy spec script “I’m In Love With The DJ” to Sony Pictures.
Daniel Kunka sells action drama spec script “Yellowstone Falls” to QED for a reported six figures against near seven-figures.
Tony Kushner adapting historical drama “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” for DreamWorks Studios, Steven Spielberg attached to direct.
Seth Lochhead adapting comic series “Who is Jake Ellis?” for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.
James McBride adapting his own novel “The Good Lord Bird” for New Regency.
David Michôd writing drama “The Operators” for New Regency, Michôd directing, Brad Pitt attached to star.
Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux writing “Hot Stuff” for DreamWorks Animation.
John Swetnam writing and directing found footage dance drama “Breaking Through” for Get Lifted Film Company.