Renowned film director Quentin Tarantino is known for pushing the boundaries on hot-button issues so it's no surprise his upcoming project fits within those lines. His eighth movie, a Western titled The Hateful Eight, tackles the topics of white supremacy, racial conflicts and the aftermath of the racial tensions during the Civil War, years later.
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly doesn't get into the racial conflicts of the Civil War; it's just a thing that's happening," he told Vulture. "My movie is about the country being torn apart by it, and the racial aftermath, six, seven, eight, 10 years later."
After saying that he's "excited" by the fact that race is the talk of the nation at the moment, Tarantino said that spirit fits perfectly with Eight. "Finally, the issue of white supremacy is being talked about and dealt with," he said. "And it's what the movie's about."
While everything that has been happening, especially in the wake of the Ferguson protests, holds some significance in the film, much of it was already done prior to the recent incidences of police brutality. "It was already in the script. It was already in the footage we shot," he said. "It just happens to be timely right now. We're not trying to make it timely. It is timely.
The Django Unchanged director hopes the parallels between The Hateful Eight and contemporary America only bring light to the wider issue of race relations. "I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored," he said. "I feel like it's another '60s moment, where the people themselves had to expose how ugly they were before things could change. I'm hopeful that that's happening now."
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