Quentin Tarantino Shelves “The Hateful Eight” After Script Leaks

January 22, 20140 Comments

After learning that his script for THE HATEFUL EIGHT leaked after he gave it to a small circle of actors, Quentin Tarantino says he’s so upset that he has decided that he will not direct that film next. The big question is which actor or their reps leaked the script? As a fan of Tarantino’s work, this is pretty upsetting. However, the somewhat good news is that Tarantino will publish the script as a book instead.

“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said. “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.” He learned that when his agent Mike Simpson began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch their clients for roles in the Western.

“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. I don’t know how these fucking agents work, but I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now. I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”

“I hadn’t given it to Christoph, I haven’t given it to Sam Jackson,” he said. “I gave it to three motherfucking actors. We met in a place, and I put it in their hands. It’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names.”

Tarantino suspects Bruce Dern’s reps at CAA, but they deny they’re the source. They noted that Tarantino possibly dispersed the script himself, without a watermark that usually prevents someone from secretly circulating the screenplay. Tarantino said that he loves Dern, and will likely write him a big role in the film he’ll do instead. He would not divulge any details, even the genre of this other project.

The filmmaker acknowledges that he mostly feels betrayed and cannot believe it happened this early in the process. He had just begun talking to producer Harvey Weinstein about the project.

“I am not talking out of both sides of my mouth, because I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net,” Tarantino said. “Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it. But I gave it to six motherfucking people! Starting this week, I’ll be setting meetings with publishers.”

“I could totally change my mind; I own the fucking thing. But I can tell you, it’s not going to be the next thing I do. It’s my baby, and if the muse calls me later to do it, we’ll do it. I was thinking about the idea of maybe publishing it before I made it, but now that deal happens for sure, and I’m not doing it next.”

The other script is one he’s had on his mind lately, so it might not take that long. “The idea was, I was going to write two scripts,” he said. “I wasn’t going to shoot the Western until next winter, and I have been full of piss and vinegar about the other one. So now I’ll do that one.”

I feel that general audiences probably don’t read screenplays before seeing a film in theaters. It would only really ruin the experience if there was a twist ending. If he had toyed with the idea of publishing it first and then shooting it, is it really that devastating that it leaked? However, the real issue seems to be that Tarantino feels betrayed by those close to him rather than audiences knowing the story beforehand. Hell, to NOT make the film just makes me want to read the leaked script to see what could have been.

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