US film director Quentin Tarantino (C) walks in a march against police brutality on October 24, 2015 part of an outspoken campaign that has earned him the ire of police unions. (photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP)
Jen Yamato | The Daily Beast | Reader Supported News | December 7, 2015
After he spoke out against police brutality, the Fraternal Order of Police issued a cryptic threat to Tarantino, saying “something is in the works.” Now, Tarantino has responded.
arvey Weinstein, who’s positioned The Hateful Eight for Oscars and Golden Globes gold, has rightly called the movie Quentin Tarantino’s most political to date.
The film, about an octet of travelers—bounty hunters, ex-soldiers, and prospective lawmen—holed up at a traveler’s stop, Minnie’s Haberdashery, in the post-Civil War Midwest, consists of a racially-charged milieu of violence and distrust that is not so far removed from today’s America, argued Tarantino at a press conference on Saturday.
“[We made this movie] during that last year and a half where many of the themes that we were dealing with, we were watching on television when we got home. We’d come to set and talk about them,” said the filmmaker, who first performed the script last year as a live read after an early draft was leaked. “But the one good thing about the script getting out there is I’m on record for having written it before all the shit started popping off.”