As previously reported by the Inquisitr, director Quentin Tarantino has scrapped his project, The Hateful Eight, after the script was leaked online.
“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino told Deadline. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”
Quentin learned of the leak when his agent began receiving calls from other representation, looking to pitch actors for roles in the Western. Tarantino revealed who had eyes on the script, who he knows is clean and who he thinks could be the culprit.
“I gave it to one of the producers on Django Unchained, Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it,” Tarantino said. “That’s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn’t end up with the script. There is an ugly maliciousness to the rest of it. I gave it to three actors: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth. The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth. One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood.
Dern had previously worked with Tarantino as part of the cast of Django Unchained. Madsen and Tarantino worked together on Reservoir Dogs and both Kill Bill films. Quentin worked with Tim Roth on Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms, the shared misery of the latter apparently putting him above reproach.
” I don’t know how these f***ing agents work, but I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now,” Tarantino raged.
Tarantino favorite Christoph Waltz was rumored to be among those potentially attached to The Hateful Eight, the title of which is (no-doubt intentionally) reminiscent of The Magnificent Seven. And why not? Working with Quentin has already gotten the Austrian-born actor two Oscars for Best Supporting actor in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
The leak and subsequent shelving of The Hateful Eight is bittersweet in some sense: while Tarantino is disappointed by the betrayal, he is enjoying the praise his opus is receiving (Quentin said he plans to publish it as a novel).
“I like the fact that people like my sh*t, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it. But I gave it to six motherf***ing people! Starting this week, I’ll be setting meetings with publishers.”
What’s your favorite Quentin Tarantino movie? Were you looking forward to Quentin’s work on The Hateful Eight?