Russell confirms Hateful Eight date
Kurt Russell has confirmed filming on Quentin Tarantino's new Western The Hateful Eight is due to begin early next year.
The Django Unchained director had abandoned plans for the film after the script was leaked online, but it was recently reported he may have changed his mind.
Now Kurt, who worked with Quentin on Death Proof, has told Fox news: "I've got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year."
This would mean only a slight delay from the rumoured plan to start shooting in Wyoming in November this year.
After the script was leaked online, Tarantino staged a live read of the film in Los Angeles in April, with Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell and Tim Roth.
It is thought he will use the same cast for the big screen version.
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".
The Oscar-winning filmmaker has withdrawn his lawsuit against Gawker for posting a link to his 146-page script for the planned movie.
When the script leaked online Quentin said he was "depressed" and "angry" and even named four of the only six people he had given the script to. He said at the time he was shelving the project in the hope of discouraging future leaks.