After the script for Quentin Tarantino’s planned next film, the Western “The Hateful Eight,” was leaked, the acclaimed director-writer vowed to set aside what was supposed to be his next project (at least for now) and to publish the screenplay as a book instead. A betrayed Tarantino revealed his disappointment in an exclusive interview with Deadline.
Tarantino first learned of this leak after getting a call from his agent, who had been bombarded with calls from other agents looking to find roles for their clients in the film. “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.”
According to the filmmaker, only a half dozen people had been given access to the script, among them “Django Unchained” producer Reggie Hudlin and actors Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Tim Roth. Tarantino believes that it was one of the actors’ agents that leaked the script, specifically citing Dern’s rep at CAA as a possible culprit.
Still, Tarantino revealed that his decision to move on from the project stemmed from the betrayal itself, rather than from the actual leak. “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,” he 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.”
“The Hateful Eight” is one of two scripts that Tarantino had been pondering over as his next film, but he did not reveal any information about his next project to Deadline.