After receiving some exciting news that Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino was working on another western titled The Hateful Eight, the filmmaker announced that he is putting the project on the shelf because he is “very depressed” that his script leaked online.
While the The Hateful Eight may be shelved, Tarantino has the intention to turn the script into a novel, and is considering adapting to film it depending on the success of it. Surely something we did not want to see happen to such a promising film that would have starred Nebraska‘s Bruce Dern and Tarantino’s favorite actor Christoph Waltz. Hit the jump to read more about the leak.
Deadline was the first to report on the news. In an exclusive interview, Tarantino said that he is “very depressed” about the leak, adding that he just had finished the first draft of the script and intended on shooting it next Winter.
Tarantino said that he had given the script to a select number of actors, two of whom frequent his movies. In all, a total of six people were given the script. Here’s what Tarantino had to say about who may have leaked it:
“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,â€ Tarantino said. â€œThatâ€™s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didnâ€™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 didnâ€™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. I donâ€™t know how these fucking agents work, but Iâ€™m not making this next. Iâ€™m going to publish it, and thatâ€™s it for now. I give it out to six people, and if I canâ€™t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. Iâ€™ll publish it. Iâ€™m done. Iâ€™ll move on to the next thing. Iâ€™ve got 10 more where that came from.â€
The director suspects that someone within the CAA (Creative Artists Agency) may have leaked the script. Ironically, Dern is represented by CAA. But the agency has denied any wrongdoing. They claim that “Tarantino possibly dispersed the script himself, without a watermark that usually prevents someone from secretly dispersing the screenplay.”
It’s quite unfortunate that we won’t get to see another western from Tarantino, and considering he would have been working with frequent collaborators and Bruce Dern, this had a lot of promise – not to say that another Tarantino film won’t have promise, too. Regardless of what happens, Tarantino says that he still has “10 more where that came from,” and that he hopes he can cast Dern in one of those films.