'The Hateful Eight' Was Originally a 'Django Unchained' Sequel

Director Quentin Tarantino said that 'Hateful Eight' was originally planned to be the sequel to his previous western drama 'Django'.

AceShowbiz - Do you know that "The Hateful Eight" and "Django Unchained" are closely connected? Director Quentin Tarantino, the helmer of both western films, recently opened up about a major connection between the two films that both star Samuel L. Jackson. He said that "Hateful Eight" was actually planned to be the sequel to "Django".

The director explained that he initially planned to write a "Django" sequel, but his writing eventually turned to a new story called "Hateful Eight". He also said that Jackson's character in "Hateful Eight" was actually planned to be Django. "I hadn't written a novel before and I thought I would just try my hand at writing a 'Django' paperback. At the time it was called 'Django in White Hell'. Instead of Major Warren, it was Django," Tarantino explained.

What Tarantino said makes sense because the two films have some similarities. They both have a black male lead and are western films set in Civil War era.

"Because I was introducing such rough characters in this piece, and there would be even more disreputable characters waiting for them [at the haberdashery], at a certain point I realized, 'well, you know what's wrong with this piece? It's Django. He needs to go. Because you shouldn't have a moral center when it comes to these eight characters,' " the director added.

In other news, The Wenstein Company has moved up the release date of "Hateful Eight" to take advantage of the holiday weekend. The movie will open in the U.S. on January 1, one week earlier than its previously-announced January 8 wide release.

"Hateful Eight" centers on the adventure of the movie's eight central characters as they attempt to go to Red Rock. One of them is the Hangman (Kurt Russell), who race towards the town to bring his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to justice. Also in the cast are Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Demian Bichir.

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