Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming Western, which the director teased during an appearance on The Tonight Show just less than two months ago, officially has a working title. Deadline reports that the film will be called The Hateful Eight—a possible homage to John Sturges’ 1960 western The Magnificent Seven, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. Certainly that is a chain of influences that has “Tarantino” written all over it.
The director is additionally said to be eyeing Christoph Waltz and Bruce Dern for unspecified roles. The Hateful Eight would mark the third consecutive film that Waltz has collaborated on with Tarantino, who has already put the Austrian-German actor in position to earn two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
Dern has appeared in numerous westerns alongside the likes of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and is a favorite to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor this year for his role in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. He also happens to be an all-time favorite actor of Tarantino’s. Tarantino endlessly praised Dern at AFI Fest’s tribute to the actor last fall, going as far as to call Dern “a national treasure.” Dern also had a brief cameo in Django Unchained.